After saying Tiger Woods is still a contender to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team last week, Tom Watson now doesn’t need to consider him.
According to ESPN.com’s Bob Harig and Tiger Woods’ website, Woods has reportedly taken his name out of deliberation for the squad, after doctors advised him not to compete or even so much as play a practice round.
Tiger is out of the Ryder Cup. Can now focus on getting healthy
— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) August 13, 2014
Here’s what Woods had to say, per his statement:
“I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practice now. I was fortunate that my recent back injury was not related to my surgery and was muscular only.
I have already spoken to Tom [Watson] about the Ryder Cup, and while I greatly appreciate his thinking about me for a possible captain’s pick, I took myself out of consideration. I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be ready for the competition. The U.S. team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best. I’ll be cheering for the U.S. team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches.”
Woods also relayed that he won’t play until his World Challenge tournament in December:
“I plan to return to competition at my World Challenge tournament at Isleworth in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 1-7. It’s an event that’s important to me and my foundation, and it will be exciting to be playing again.”
The 38-year-old 14-time major champion hurt his back – not related to his surgically repaired portion – on hole No. 2 during his final round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and then visibly re-aggravated those muscles at the PGA Championship last weekend.
Woods was only able to compete in two majors this season.