Injured 14-time major champion Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he was pulling out of next week's British Open, casting further doubt on whether he will ever recover his form of old.
"Unfortunately, I've been advised that I should not play in the British Open," Woods, a three-time winner of The Open Championship, said in a statement ahead of the July 14-17 tournament at Royal St George's.
"As I stated at the AT&T National, I am only going to come back when I'm 100 percent ready. I do not want to risk further injury.
"I'm disappointed and want to express my regrets to the British Open fans."
Woods, who has not won since November 2009 - before a massive sex scandal - sprained a ligament in his left knee and strained his Achilles tendon in the third round of the US Masters in April.
He is still chasing the all-time record of 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus and news that he is out of his second major in a row means that long-held ambition is looking further from his grasp.