In this Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, Tiger Woods smiles at the third tee during the final round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Woods is writing his first book since 2001 that is due out next spring. The book does not have a title, but it will be about his historic victory in the 1997 Masters. Woods is writing the book with Canadian golf writer Lorne Rubenstein. (AP Photo/Rob Brown, File)
Tiger Woods said Tuesday he is not playing at the U.S. Open this year as he recovers from back surgery.
This will be the third time in the last six years that injuries have kept him out of the U.S. Open, which he’s won three times.
Woods said on his website that he is working hard to get ready but that he is not physically ready to play next week at Oakmont, or at his Quicken Loans National tournament the following week at Congressional.
Woods said he is making progress but is not ready for competition.
He has not played since a tie for 10th in the Wyndham Championship in August. Woods, who first had back surgery a week before the 2014 Masters, had two more surgeries in September and October.