Tiger Woods will not play in 2016 after pulling out of US PGA

Tiger Woods of the U.S. tees off on the eighth hole during the third round of the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open in the southwest city of Antalya

For the first time since his debut at the 1995 Masters, Tiger Woods will miss all four majors in a calendar year after confirming he will not play in this month’s US PGA. His agent later confirmed the former world No1 will not play again this year.

“Continuing to make progress, but simply not ready for PGA,” Woods’s agent, Mark Steinberg, told the Golf Channel in an email. “Will not play in the 15/16 season and will continue to rehab and work hard to then assess when he starts play for the 16/17 season.”

Woods has not played tournament golf since last August and is currently attempting to return to competition following back surgery. Four of his 14 major victories came at the US PGA, with the last of them coming at Southern Hills in 2007. His last major win was the 2008 US Open, and his last top-10 finish in a major was in 2013.

The 40 year-old has admitted that he is not sure when he will return to competitive golf. “That’s the overriding question I keep hearing: when are you coming back, when are you playing?” he said in May. “I get it all the time. If I knew, I’d tell you, because it’d be fun to know.”

This year’s US PGA will take place at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey from 28-31 July. It is being played earlier than usual to accommodate the Olympic golf tournament, which takes place at the start of August.

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