Due to his recent back surgeries and injuries, Tiger Woods won’t just miss all four majors since his 1995 Masters debut, he won’t be play at all this year.
Woods’ agent confirmed the news, but the first big warning sign came from the PGA Championship’s Twitter account.
Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the #PGAChamp. He was replaced in the field by Harold Varner III.
— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) July 19, 2016
Later in an email to the Golf Channel, Woods’s agent Mark Steinberg said the following:
“Continuing to make progress, but simply not ready for PGA… (Tiger) 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,” Steinberg wrote.
The last tournament Woods, 40, played in was the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015. He finished 13-under, four strokes back of the winner and tied for 10th. Unfortunately, Woods hasn’t played since.
Woods hasn’t won at the PGA Championship since 2007 and he’s won four of his 14 majors at the US PGA. Overall, Woods’ last major win was the 2008 US Open and his last top-10 finish in a major was in 2013 when he finished tied for fourth at the Masters and tied for sixth at The Open.
“That’s the overriding question I keep hearing: when are you coming back, when are you playing?” Woods said in May. “I get it all the time. If I knew, I’d tell you, because it’d be fun to know.”
The 2016 PGA Championship will beat the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey from July 28th to the 31st.
The surgery Woods is still coming back from was a microdiscectomy that occurred on September 16th, 2015. Despite not having played at all in 2016, Woods is currently ranked as the 628th golfer in the world.