Tiger Woods ruled himself out of the PGA Championship on Tuesday, marking the first time in his career that he’s missed four consecutive majors.
Woods hasn’t played since a tie for 10th at the Wyndham Championship last August. After undergoing two back surgeries last fall, he said at multiple news conferences this year that he’s progressing, but apparently not to the point that he’s able to return to competition this season.
In an email to GolfChannel.com, Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, said: “Continuing to make progress, but simply not ready for PGA. 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.”
With the condensed summer schedule because of the Olympics, it was little surprise that Woods withdrew from the year’s final major. When he last spoke publicly, on June 22, he said that he was getting stronger but needed to get in “more golf shape.”
Woods tied for fourth when the PGA was last held at Baltusrol, in 2005.
He was replaced in this year’s field by Harold Varner III.