Adding to what has proven to be a rather disappointing year for him professionally, Tiger Woods has officially pulled out of next week's U.S. Open - making it the first time the competition will be without him since 1994.
The 35-year-old golfing pro has been battling a mild strain to his left Achilles tendon since making an off-balance shot at this year's Masters.
Tiger took to his Twitter to alert fans of the news, writing, ?Not playing in US Open. Very disappointed. Short-term frustration for long-term gain.?
Wood's furthered his decision via his website, explaining, "It's time for me to listen to my doctors and focus on the future. I was hopeful that I could play, but if I did, I risk further damage to my left leg. My knee and Achilles tendon are not fully healed. I hope to be ready for AT&T National, the next two majors and the rest of the year."