Tiger Woods withdraws from PGA Championship

USA's Tiger Woods reacts after making a birdie on the 15th hole during a four-ball match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

For the first time in his record-breaking career, Tiger Woods will not compete in any major championships this year. The 14-time champion withdrew from next week’s PGA championship at Baltusrol and will be replaced by fellow golfer Harold Verner III, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Tiger’s agent Mark Steinberg said in an email to the Golf Channel that the former world No.1 player was going to skip the remainder of the season as he recovers from several back surgeries.

“Continuing to make progress, but simply not ready for PGA,” Steinberg stated. “Will not play in the ’15/’16 season and will continue to rehab and work hard to then assess when he starts play for the ’16/’17 season.”

While on the road to recovery, Tiger recently expressed that he was able to play 18 holes on consecutive days, but still needed to work his way towards getting back to tip top shape. The 41-year-old withdrew from last week’s British Open, which is exactly two weeks before the PGA Championship.

“It’s not fun. It’s a tough road. I know I’m getting better, I’m progressing, but still I’m just not quite ready to be out here… I know I can play with these guys. I know I still can. I just need to get healthy enough where I can do it on a regular basis.” Woods expressed late last month at the Quicken Loans National.