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Tiger Woods withdraws name from consideration for Ryder Cup

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Woods reacts to a poor tee shot on No. 7 in PGA Championship at Valhalla. (AP photo) Woods reacts to a poor tee shot on No. 7 in PGA Championship at Valhalla. (AP photo)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Tiger Woods has pulled his name from the list of possible 2014 Ryder Cup participants.

According to a press release, Woods informed U.S. team captain Tom Watson that his health issues will keep him from playing in this year's Ryder Cup.

“I've been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed,” Woods is quoted as saying. “They've advised me not to play or practice now. I'm extremely disappointed that I won't be ready for the competition.”

“The U.S. Team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best. I'll be cheering for the U.S. Team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches.”

The Ryder Cup is held every other year between the U.S. and Europe. Woods has appeared on seven Ryder Cup teams between 1997 and 2012, though he did not play in 2008 - due to injury - when it was hosted at Valhalla.

“Of course, I'm disappointed that Tiger Woods has asked not to be considered for the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, and that his health is not where he would like it to be,” Watson said. “My focus will remain on identifying three players to join the U.S. team and give us the best chance for success at Gleneagles.”

Nine players secured automatic spots on the U.S. Ryder Cup Team at Valhalla last week with their finish in the PGA Championship.

The Americans clinching a spot on the team are: Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker and Patrick Reed.

Watson will announce three Captain's Picks next month.

This year's Ryder Cup between the United States and Europe will be held on the Jack Nicklaus designed Centenary Course at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland.

The Ryder Cup is September 26-28.

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