Tiger Woods’ agent has confirmed his client will miss the US PGA Championship and will not play competitively this season.
The former world number one has not been seen in tournament action since last August as he is still recovering from a series of operations on his back.
Woods has been plagued by injuries over the last few years, having previously undergone surgery on his left knee.
On Tuesday his agent, Mark Steinberg, confirmed the 40-year-old was still struggling with his troublesome back and has now accepted he will not play again this season, with Woods now focussing on a return for the start of the 2017 campaign later this year.
“Continuing to make progress, but simply not ready for PGA,” Steinberg told the Golf Channel. “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.”
Woods’ absence from the US PGA Championship marks the first time he has failed to appear in one of the four majors during a calendar year since turning professional in 1996.