Tiger Woods is out of next week’s US Open - the first time he has missed the event since his 1995 debut.
The knee and Achilles injuries which forced him out of the Players Championship after just nine holes a month ago led to his withdrawal from the second major of the season. In a statement, the former world number one said: “I am extremely disappointed that I won’t be playing in the US Open, but it’s time for me to listen to my doctors and focus on the future.”
He added: “I was hopeful that I could play, but if I did I risk further damage to my left leg.”
After dropping out of the top 10 last week, he has now dropped to 15th in the world rankings
Out recently through injury, woods said: “I’ve been resting and not been able to do much. I’ve been in a boot for my Achilles and been on crutches to take some pressure off the knee and back.”
Without a win since 2009, the last of his 14 major victories came in the 2008 US Open and he remains four behind Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18.
His last outing was when pulling out of the Players Championship at Sawgrass in May through injury.