Tiger rules himself out of US Open

Tiger Woods has ruled himself out of next month’s US Open at Pinehurst as his battle towards full recovery continues.

The 38-year-old, who lost his world number one berth this month to Australian Adam Scott, has not played a single round of golf since the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March. "I'm not yet physically able to play competitive golf," he said on his website.

"Despite missing the first two majors and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future."

Tiger missed the Masters this year for the first time in his professional career after undergoing surgery for a pinched nerve in his back. The US Open in North Carolina, which runs from 12-15 June, will be the sixth major he has missed through injury, although Jack Nicklaus still believes Tiger has enough in the tank to overhaul his record.

"If he's healthy, I think Tiger's got 10-plus years to play top quality tournament golf," said Nicklaus.

"I've said many times, he's got a little over 40 tournaments to play the major championships, he's only got to win five to pass my record.

"As good a player as he is, I don't think that should be a big deal. Then again, he's got to do it. Plus he's got to be healthy to be able to do it."