Tiger Woods withdraws from the PGA Championship, to miss entire 2016 season
Tiger Woods officially withdrew on Tuesday from the 2016 PGA Championship. It marks the first time in his professional career that Woods will miss all four majors in a season.
“We have been in contact with Tiger’s agent, Mark Steinberg, and he informed us today that our four-time PGA Champion will be unable to join us at Baltusrol Golf Club next week for the 98th PGA Championship," the PGA of America said in a statement.
The Golf Channel reported that Woods will not play the rest of the season, receiving an email from Steinberg stating, "Continuing to make progress, but simply not ready for PGA. Will not play in the '15/'16 season and will continue to rehab and work hard to then assess when he starts play for the '16/'17 season."
Steinberg told Golf Digest's Brian Wacker that Woods will evaluate his situation in the fall.
The 14-time major winner hasn't played since the Wyndham Championship in August 2015 as he continues to recover from offseason back surgeries. Woods last major came in 2008 at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, and he hasn't finished in the top 10 at a major since the 2013 Open Championship.
Harold Varner III will take Woods' spot in the PGA Championship field, which begins on July 28.