Tiger Woods to miss British Open 2011 | woods to miss British Open due to leg injury
Tiger Woods to miss British Open 2011: Injured 14-time major champion Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he was pulling out of next week’s British Open at Royal St George’s, casting further doubt on his golfing future.
“Unfortunately, I’ve been advised that I should not play in the British Open,” Woods, a three-time winner of The Open Championship, said in a statement on his website ahead of the July 14-17 tournament.
“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, who has not won since November 2009 – before a massive sex scandal erupted that ended his marriage – sprained a ligament in his left knee and strained his Achilles tendon in the third round of the US Masters in April.
He is still chasing the all-time record of 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus and news that he is out of his second major in a row – he also missed last month’s US Open won by Northern Ireland sensation Rory McIlroy – cast further doubt on his chances of realising that long-held ambition.
Woods, who holds the record for the most consecutive weeks atop the world golf rankings, expressed confidence that he could refind his form, but said he would not rush back too quickly from injury as he had in the past.
“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.