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Woods takes self out of Ryder Cup consideration

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(AP) — U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson said earlier this week that he wouldn’t rule out Tiger Woods making the team for next month’s tournament at Gleneagles in Scotland. Instead, Woods made the call for him.

The former No. 1 golfer has told Watson and the PGA of America that he has taken himself out of consideration to serve as a captain’s pick due to health reasons. He said he has been told by his doctors and trainer that his back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed.

Woods has played poorly since coming back from back surgery performed in March. He didn’t come close to making the cut at the PGA Championship last weekend.

The 14-time major champion has appeared on seven U.S. Ryder Cup Teams between 1997 and 2012, missing the 2008 event due to injury.

The PGA of America says Watson will announce his three captain’s picks on Sept. 2.

 

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