Tiger Woods withdraws from US Open in Pinehurst

PINEHURST, MOORE COUNTY - Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C., as he recovers from back surgery that has kept him out of golf for nearly three months.

Woods says on his website Wednesday he is physically unable to play golf at a high level.

The announcement was not a surprise. Woods said a week ago while promoting the Quicken Loans National tournament at Congressional that he still has not taken a full swing with a golf club.

He had microdiscectomy surgery March 31. Woods last played a tournament at Doral on March 9.

The U.S. Open will be the sixth major that Woods has missed because of injuries, and it will be the second time in the last four years he has missed the U.S. Open.

The first round of the 2014 U.S. Open Championship will begin on June 12.

Pinehurst will also be hosting the U.S. Women's Open Championship this year. According to Pinehurt's website, this will be the first time in history both tournaments will be played in the same year on the same course (Pinehurst No. 2).

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