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Tiger Woods withdraws from U.S. Open

Hitting out of the U.S. Open rough worsened Tiger Woods' strained elbow. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images) Tiger Woods said last week he still is unable to take a full swing following back surgery in late March. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods has withdrawn from next month's U.S. Open, he announced  via his website on Wednesday.

Woods said he still is physically unable to play at a high level while recovering from surgery for a pinched nerve in his back in late March.

"Unfortunately, I won't be there because I'm not yet physically able to play competitive golf," Woods said. "I'd like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won't be at Pinehurst. The U.S. Open is very important to me, and I know it's going to be a great week. Despite missing the first two majors, and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future."

The decision was expected in light of Woods' saying that he was not yet able to take a full swing during an interview at his Quicken Loans National tournament at Congressional last week.

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Woods previously missed the Masters in April. Major events looming on the 2014 golf calendar include the British Open in July, the PGA Championship in August and the Ryder Cup in September.

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