Woods officially out of US PGA Championship

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Tiger Woods will be missing when the US PGA Championship tees off next week, following ankle surgery last month.

Woods was not included in the 155-strong field issued by the PGA of America on Wednesday for the event at Oak Hill Country Club.

The final spot will be filled by the winner of the AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas.

Jordan Spieth was included in the field despite withdrawing from this week's PGA Tour event with a wrist injury.

Woods pulled out of the Masters during the third round in April, saying at the time it was due to plantar fasciitis.

However, the 47-year-old then had a subtalar fusion procedure in New York to address the problem caused by a previous fracture of his talus, a bone in the ankle joint.

Woods feared his leg would have to be amputated due to the serious injuries he suffered in a car accident in Los Angeles in February 2021.

He made a remarkable return to action 14 months later and finished 47th in the Masters. But he withdrew from the US PGA following a third-round 79 and did not contest the US Open before missing the cut in the 150th British Open at St Andrews.

Woods has accepted that he can only play a handful of times a year and is targeting majors and events with which he has a personal connection.

The field does include 99 of the top 100 in the world rankings, however, no matter on what tour they play.

Missing from the 155-player list is Sergio Garcia, the former Masters champion who had been eligible for every major dating to the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie.

There are 18 players from Saudi-funded LIV Golf -- the same number from the 89-man field at the Masters last month.