Woods officially a no-show for US Open

It might be one of the most keenly-anticipated returns to golf in the history of the game.

Yet we will have to wait at least a few more weeks to see it because former world No.1 Tiger Woods has declared he won’t be fit enough to take his place in the field for next week’s 114th US Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Woods signalled his rehabilitation following back surgery was coming along nicely but he still wouldn’t be fit enough to chase his fourth US Open from June 12-15.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be there because I’m not yet physically able to play competitive golf,” said Woods.

“I’d like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won’t be at Pinehurst.

“The US Open is very important to me, and I know it’s going to be a great week.

“Despite missing the first two majors, and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future.”

It will be just the sixth major that Tiger has missed due to injury.

After winning the US Open at Torrey Pines in 2008 with a serious leg injury, Woods underwent knee surgery and was out of action for eight months, missing The British Open and US PGA Championship.

In 2011, knee and Achilles injuries forced him to sit out for another four months of the season, missing the US Open and British Open.

Woods has not struck a shot in competition since the last round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on March 9.

Shortly after that the American superstar went under the surgeon’s knife for micro discectomy surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his back.