Tiger Woods to skip British Open

Tiger Woods: Loves Bethpage Black. Liberty National? Not so much.

The left leg injuries that have sidelined Tiger Woods for months will cost him the British Open as well.

Woods announced yesterday that he will skip his second major of the year. He missed the U.S. Open last month.

“Unfortunately, I’ve been advised that I should not play in the British Open,” Woods said on his website, Tigerwoods.com. “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. That’s different for me, but I’m being smarter this time. I’m very disappointed and want to express my regrets to the British Open fans.”

According to his site:

In April, Woods was diagnosed with a Grade 1 mild medial collateral ligament sprain to his left knee and a mild strain to his left Achilles tendon, both of which he suffered while hitting a second shot from under the Eisenhower tree at hole No. 17 during the third round at the Masters. He was unable to play in the Wells Fargo Championship and withdrew after nine holes in the first round at THE PLAYERS Championship after reinjuring his leg on the opening tee shot. He also did not compete last week at the AT&T National.

Woods’ health appears to be the biggest threat to his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 major championships. Woods has won 14, but non since the 2008 U.S. Open.

“In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have competed at THE PLAYERS, but it’s a big event, and I wanted to be there to support the tour,” Woods said. “I’ve got to learn from what I did there and do it right this time and not come back until I’m ready. I think my best years are still ahead of me, and I’m very confident and optimistic about the future.”


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