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Tiger withdraws from US Open

Tiger Woods has withdrawn from next month’s US Open at Pinehurst as he remains hard at work recovering from back surgery.

The 38-year-old hasn’t hit a golf ball competitively since the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March. "I'm not yet physically able to play competitive golf," he said on his website.

"Despite missing the first two majors and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future."

Tiger has already missed the Masters this year, the first time in his professional career that he hasn’t attended the event, after undergoing surgery for a pinched nerve in his back. The US Open in North Carolina, which runs from 12-15 June, will be the sixth major he has missed through injury.

However, despite all the setbacks, Tiger is still heavily backed by others in the game to make a blazing comeback.

"If he's healthy, I think Tiger's got 10-plus years to play top quality tournament golf," said Jack Nicklaus.

"I've said many times, he's got a little over 40 tournaments to play the major championships, he's only got to win five to pass my record.

"As good a player as he is, I don't think that should be a big deal. Then again, he's got to do it. Plus he's got to be healthy to be able to do it."