(Reuters) - Tiger Woods has ruled himself out of next month's U.S. Open at Pinehurst in North Carolina as he recovers from back surgery, having already missed the opening major of the year, the Masters in April.
The former world number one has been sidelined from competitive golf since late March after requiring treatment for a pinched nerve in his back that had troubled him for months.
"Unfortunately, I won't be there because I'm not yet physically able to play competitive golf," Woods said in a statement on his website on Wednesday, referring to the June 12-15 U.S. Open.
"The U.S. Open is very important to me, and I know it's going to be a great week. Despite missing the first two majors (this year), and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future."
This will be the sixth major championship missed by Woods due to injury, and he remains stuck on his career tally of 14 having not clinched one of golf's blue riband events since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
The 38-year-old American has been increasingly plagued by injuries in recent seasons as the wear and tear of years on the tour are starting to take a toll.
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)