Tiger Woods Withdraws From PGA Championship, Won’t Return This Season

by abournenesn

July 19, 2016

The 2016 golf season will conclude without Tiger Woods appearing in a single major.

Woods officially withdrew from the 2016 PGA Championship on Tuesday and announced he won’t participate in any competition for the remainder of the 2016 season.

Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, said in an email to GolfChannel.com that the 40-year-old golfer is “continuing to make progress, but simply not ready for PGA.” Steinberg added that Woods “will continue to rehab and work hard to then assess when he starts play for the ’16/’17 season.”

The 14-time major winner hasn’t played in a PGA tournament since last August, when he finished tied for 10th at the Wyndham Championship. Woods has undergone two back surgeries since then and hasn’t exactly looked like he’s ready to return to competition.

Woods’ string of absences is unprecedented, as he’ll now sit out four consecutive majors, the longest streak of his career. His last major appearance didn’t go well, as he shot 4-over-par through two rounds at the 2015 PGA Championship and missed the cut.

Harold Varner III will replace Woods at this year’s PGA Championship, which begins July 28 at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey.

Thumbnail photo via Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports Images

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