Tiger rules himself out of Ryder Cup

In a huge blow the 2014 Ryder Cup organisers Tiger Woods has ruled himself out of contention for a Gleneagles ‘wildcard’ pick citing lingering back problems.

Woods confirmed the news in a statement and in many ways takes the pressure of USA Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The seven-time Ryder Cup star, who underwent surgery in March to treat a pinched nerve in his back, asked Watson not to consider him for the team competition against Europe next month.

“While I greatly appreciate Tom thinking about me for a possible captain’s pick, I must take myself out of consideration,” Woods said in a statement.

“I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed.”

“They’ve advised me not to play or practice now.”

It will now be the second Ryder Cup Woods will miss through injury after withdrawing following knee surgery from the 2008 Ryder Cup at Vahalla.

Woods returned to competition some weeks ago at the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans Championship but missed the cut. He then entered the 143rd Open Championship and while playing all four rounds Woods ended near the tail of the field.

A fortnight ago, Woods was forced out of the final nine holes in the defence of his WGC – Bridgestone Invitational title in Akron, Ohio.

Then at last week’s 96th PGA Championship Woods clearly struggled to miss the cut at Valhalla.