Injured Woods to miss British Open

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Tiger Woods has pulled out of  next week’s British Open because of ongoing problems with his  left leg, the former world number one said yesterday.

The 14-times major winner hurt his knee and Achilles tendon  during the U.S. Masters in April.

“Unfortunately, I’ve been advised that I should not play in  the British Open,” Woods said in a statement.

“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.”

Woods, now ranked 17th in the world, has played just nine  competitive holes since the Masters, at the Players Championship  in Florida two months ago. He had been wearing a protective boot in the hope of being  able to take his place in the majors but has since withdrawn  from the U.S. Open, the AT&T, which his own personal tournament,  and now the British Open.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.

Woods, who needs four more major titles to match the record  of 18 held by Jack Nicklaus, has not won a major since the 2008  U.S. Open nor any tournament worldwide since 2009.

Apart from his injury woes, he has also been trying to  rebuild his golf swing and his private life after the breakup of  his marriage.

The American has won the British Open three times, in 2000,  2005 and 2006, and the only time he has missed it since making  his debut in 1995 was in 2008, when he was injured.

Next week’s British Open will be played at Royal St George’s  in Sandwich, England.

“I think my best years are still ahead of me,” said the  35-year-old Woods. “I’m very confident and optimistic about the  future.”

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