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Woods opts out of Ryder Cup

Los Angeles: Tiger Woods ruled himself out of contention for a wildcard spot on the US Ryder Cup team due to lingering back problems on Wednesday and has been told by doctors not to play or practice until his condition improves, the former world No. 1 said.

Woods, who had surgery in March to treat a pinched nerve and has played just eight tournaments this year, asked US captain Tom Watson not to consider him for one of three wildcard picks for the biennial team competition against Europe next month.

Watson will announce his three picks on September 2 to complete his 12-man team to take on holders Europe at Gleneagles in Scotland from September 26-28.

“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. I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be ready for the competition.”

“The US 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 US team.”