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Woods ruled out of US Open

Tiger Woods has confirmed he has withdrawn from the US Open as he recovers from back surgery.

The decision was expected - his back problem has kept him out of the tour for nearly three months.

He had microdiscectomy surgery on March 31, and last played at Doral on March 9.

The US Open will be the sixth major that Woods has missed because of injuries, and it will be the second time in the last four years he has missed the tournament.

Woods told his website: "Unfortunately, I won't be there because I'm not yet physically able to play competitive golf.

"I'd like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won't be at Pinehurst.

"The US Open is very important to me, and I know it's going to be a great week. Despite missing the first two majors (this year), and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future."

The US Open takes place at Pinehurst in North Carolina from June 12-15.