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Tiger Woods withdraws name from Ryder Cup team, will rest back injury

While many had hoped Tiger Woods (r.) would get a chance to play against friend Rory McIlroy at the Ryder Cup, Woods has taken his name out of consideration for the team citing a back injury.Darron Cummings/AP While many had hoped Tiger Woods (r.) would get a chance to play against friend Rory McIlroy at the Ryder Cup, Woods has taken his name out of consideration for the team citing a back injury.


Tom Watson won’t have to wait until September to decide if Tiger Woods will be on the Ryder Cup team. Woods made the decision for him.


Woods posted the decision
on his website Wednesday night, saying he was out for the Ryder Cup, but aims to be back for the World Challenge in Orlando in December.


“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. I was fortunate that my recent back injury was not related to my surgery and was muscular only.”


Woods, never a standout in Ryder Cup play, was a much-debated topic of discussion after it became evident he would not have enough points to qualify for the team.


On Monday, two days after Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship, Watson said he would wait until the September 2 deadline to make his captain’s pick.


“I have already spoken to Tom (Watson) about the Ryder Cup, and while I greatly appreciate his thinking about me for a possible captain’s pick, I took myself out of consideration. The U.S. team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best. I’ll be cheering for the U.S. team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches.


“I plan to return to competition at my World Challenge tournament at Isleworth in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 1-7. It’s an event that’s important to me and my foundation, and it will be exciting to be playing again.”


Woods’ 2014 campaign can only be described as the worst of his career, which was largely due to his health.


He injured his back during the final round of the Honda Classic in March and had to withdraw after 13 holes. Things went from bad to worse when as Woods opted for back surgery which forced him to miss the Masters for the first time in his career. He returned to tournament golf three months later and missed the cut at the Quicken Loans National, Woods’ own event outside of Washington, D.C. At the British Open at Hoylake in July, Woods opened with a 69 in the opening a round, but followed that up with rounds of 77-73-75 and was never in contention on the weekend.


Woods pattern of bad golf and bad health continued at the WGC-Bridgestone when his back flared up again and he withdrew in the final round after just eight holes after an awkward swing on the second hole. At the PGA Championship, Woods surprised most when he played but he missed the cut again after a pair of 74s.


He played in only seven events, with his best finish (T25) coming at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, where he was also battling back pain.


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