August 13, 2014 / 11:56 PM / in 3 years

Woods rules himself out of Ryder Cup

Aug 8, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; PGA golfer Tiger Woods reacts during the second round of the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club. Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods has ruled himself out of contention for a Ryder Cup wildcard pick due to lingering back problems, the former world number one said on Wednesday.

Woods, who had surgery in March to treat a pinched nerve in his back, asked U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson not to consider him for the biennial team competition against Europe next month.

“While I greatly appreciate Tom thinking about me for a possible captain’s pick, I must take myself out of consideration,” Woods said in a statement.

“I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practise now.”

Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue

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