Goosen withdraws from U.S. Open

Retief Goosen withdrew from the 2013 U.S. Open on Thursday due to a back injury.

Goosen, the 2001 and 2004 U.S. Open champion, also missed this year's Wells Fargo and Players Championships with the injury.

The South African's vacated place in the U.S. Open will be added to the spots available at sectional qualifying in the United States, which will be held at 11 sites across the country on Monday, June 3.

The 2013 U.S. Open Championship will be played June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA.