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Tiger Woods won’t return to PGA Tour in 2016

Tiger Woods tees off on the 12th hole

Tiger Woods tees off on the 12th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Credit: AP / Michael Dwyer

Local golf fans will have to continue to wait for Tiger Woods to make his return.

Woods, who still is recovering from two back surgeries in 2015, won’t play in next week’s PGA Championship at Baltusrol in Springfield, New Jersey, the PGA of America announced on Tuesday.

Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent, told in an email that Woods won’t play at all during the 2015-16 season and will continue to rehab and assess when to return during the 2016-17 season.

This will be the first time Woods has missed four straight majors in his career. Woods has won 14 majors.

Woods spoke last month in Bethesda, Maryland, before his tournament, the Quicken Loans National. He said he was making progress in his rehab but couldn’t put a timetable on his return. Woods said at the time that he still wasn’t able to play a round and practice how he would like.

“I need to get to where I can play 18 holes out here and go to the range for an hour and work on my game,” Woods said before the Quicken Loans National. “That’s what I used to do, that’s one of the reasons why I think I’ve had some success — I was able to work on it during the week. Just not quite there yet.”

With the Rio Olympics next month, the PGA Championship, will be played July 28-31, which is earlier than usual. The PGA announced that Harold Varner III will take Woods’ spot in the PGA Championship. Woods also will miss next month’s Barclays event at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale.

Woods, 40, played in all four majors in 2015, missing the cut in the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship. He last played in August of 2015 in the Wyndham Championship.

Woods also missed the 2014 Masters and U.S. Open because of his ailing back. He missed the 2011 U.S. Open and British Open because of an injured left leg. Woods missed the 2008 British Open and PGA Championship after ACL surgery on his left knee. Woods won the U.S. Open in 2008 at Torrey Pines in California while playing on his injured knee, the last major victory of his career.With AP


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