Tiger Woods will not be in the United States team for the Ryder Cup next month after withdrawing himself from consideration for a captain's pick due to injury.
The 38-year-old failed to qualify for the team outright and has now informed the PGA of America and Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson that, after playing just four tournaments on his return to action following back surgery, he does not wish to be considered for one of the three remaining places.
Woods has struggled with personal problems and a series of injuries since winning his most recent major championship at the 2008 US Open, with a back injury the latest to disturb his career.
Woods underwent back surgery on 31 March and has now admitted he will not be fit to participate in the Cup at Gleneagles, which runs from 23-28 September.
"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 on www.pga.com.
"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'm extremely disappointed that I won't be ready for the competition.”
After his surgery, Woods did not return to action until the end of June, missing the cut in the Quicken Loans National and then finishing 69th in the Open at Royal Liverpool, his worst 72-hole finish in a major in the paid ranks.
He withdrew after hitting his tee shot on the ninth hole of his final round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 11 days ago and was a major doubt to even take part in the US PGA Championship last week.
The 14-time major winner missed just his fourth cut in 66 majors as a professional after suffering yet more back trouble at Valhalla.