In a statement on his website, Woods said that although he’s making progress after a third back surgery, he is “not physically ready” for tournament competition.
It's the third time in the past six years that Woods has missed the Open.
Updates on Woods’ status have been scarce since he appeared at the Quicken Loans media day on May 16. After a brief news conference, a visibly stiff Woods hit three consecutive 102-yard shots into the water.
With Woods pulling out of the year’s second major and an event that benefits his foundation – he is still planning to host and appear at the D.C.-area event – it only increases the likelihood that he will miss the rest of the PGA Tour season. The regular season ends Aug. 21 for those who are not inside the top 125 in FedEx Cup points.
Woods created a stir when he registered for the U.S. Open in late April, but that move was simply procedural in case he was fit enough to play.
The last time the U.S. Open was held at Oakmont, in 2007, Woods tied for second, one shot behind winner Angel Cabrera.