No surprises with Woods’ PGA no-show now official

It was no surprise to see former world No 1 Tiger Woods’ name among the “scratchings” from this week’s US PGA Championship at Baltusrol.

What is surprising is that it is the first time in his 20-year professional career that Tiger has missed playing at least one of the entire four majors in the same season.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Injury has finally curtailed any plans Woods had of contesting any of the majors this year.

“We have been in contact with Tiger’s agent, Mark Steinberg, and he informed us that our four-time PGA champion would be unable to join us at Baltusrol Golf Club for the 98th PGA Championship,” the PGA of America explained in a statement.

Steinberg reinforced that comment when he told US media that Woods was “continuing to make progress, but was simply not ready for the PGA.”

Steinberg said Woods would not play in the 2015-16 season and would instead continue his rehab and work hard to then assess when he started play for the 2016-17 season.”

Woods has not seen any action since August last year when he contested the Wyndham Championship before heading for back surgery and subsequent rehab.

Although he has won 14 major championships, Woods has not won a big one since 2008 when he took out the US Open at Torrey Pines.

Worst still, he hasn’t finished in the top 10 at a major since the 2013 Open Championship.

His withdrawal was good news for Harold Varner III, who took Tiger’s spot and will play alongside Australia’s John Senden and American Michael Block for the first two rounds.