Tiger Woods has pulled out of next week’s US PGA Championship as his absence from the golf tour goes on.
The PGA of America announced on its website that Woods will be absent for the year’s final major, just as he was for the Masters, US Open and Open Championship.
In a statement, the PGA of America said: ‘We have been in contact with Tiger’s agent, Mark Steinberg, and he informed us today that our four-time PGA champion will be unable to join us at Baltusrol Golf Club next week for the 98th PGA Championship.
The tournament begins at Baltusrol in Springfield, New Jersey, on July 28.
It marks the first time in his career that the 14-time major winner, who is continuing to recover from back surgery last autumn, has missed all four in the same season.
Steinberg says the 40-year-old has decided against playing again this season, according to the Golf Channel.
Steinberg detailed Woods’ fitness in an email quoted by golfchannel.com, saying: ‘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.’