Tiger Woods now expected to not play until British Open

hasn’t looked right in his past two tournaments, having one of his worst finishes ever at the Memorial, a tournament he has won five times, and then not getting into contention at the U.S. Open. Now we apparently know why.

Tiger Woods announced on his website Wednesday that he will not play in the tournament he hosts, the AT&T National, due to a left elbow strain. That event is June 27-30, meaning it’s rather unlikely he will tee it up officially until the starts July at Muirfield. Woods said that he suffered from mild discomfort in his elbow before the U.S. Open at Merion last week but he further injured the elbow last week.

“I was examined after I returned home from the U.S. Open, and the doctors determined I have a left elbow strain,” said Woods, the defending champion of the AT&T National.

Previous reports indicated Woods injured the elbow at The Players tournament in May. Woods could be seen in pain making shots out of the long rough at Merion and the injury could explain why he posted the worst score to par at a major in his career. He finished in a tie for 32nd at 13 over, the worst finish in the national championship during his professional career. Tiger has four PGA Tour titles this year and seven in the past 15 months.

“I’ll be ready to go for the British Open, and I’m looking forward to playing at Muirfield. I would like to extend my regrets to AT&T, our sponsors and the fans in the Washington, D.C., area. The AT&T National means a lot to me and my foundation. It’s especially difficult not defending at my own tournament,” he said.

Tiger goes for his 15th major is the British Open at Muirfield. That’s the site of his worst round as a professional. In 2002, the last time the Open Championship was contested at the Scottish venue, Woods shot a third-round 81 that still stands as the poorest round of his professional career. Tiger’s 81 at Muirfield was a lot like his +13 at Merion: poor play in wicked conditions. That 2002 Saturday in Scotland was one of the worst weather days in recent British Open memory. A chilling, sideways rain and heavy wind affected the entire field that day, though only three were worse than the 10-over par 81. Still, Woods is the WagerWeb.com favorite on golf futures.

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