By Tim Polzer
May 28, 2014

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Tiger Woods has withdrawn from next month's U.S. Open, he announced  via his website on Wednesday.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