Tiger confirms Open absence

Published 07/07/2011 07:45:10

Tiger Woods has revealed that he will not take his place in the field for this year's Open Championship, due to injury problems with his left leg.


The 35-year-old has been sidelined since mid-May, when he was forced to withdraw from the Players' Championship with injuries suffered at the Masters.


Woods sprained his left knee as well as picking up a mild strain to his left Achilles tendon during the third round at Augusta.


Having been told to rest by medical experts, the former world number one was forced to sit out the US Open at Congressional, but it was hoped he would be fit to play at Royal St George's.


Despite recently stating that he was making good progress, Woods has now revealed that he has been "advised" not to play in the third major of the year.


This latest setback will have people doubting whether he will ever be able to reach Jack Nicklaus' Major Championship record of 18 - with Woods currently stuck on 14. Even if he had managed to play, the British Open odds suggested he faced a tough task in challenging.


The three-time Open winner has not won one of the big four tournaments since his 2008 success at the US Open, but he still feels he can challenge again, when fully fit.


Speaking on his official website, Woods said: "I think my best years are still ahead of me and I'm very confident and optimistic about the future.


"I am only going to come back when I'm 100% ready. I do not want to risk further injury."


Despite several pundits feeling Woods has lost his aura in recent years, many players will believe that they have an even greater chance of lifting the Claret Jug, especially when you consider his record in the event.


The world number 17 has only once missed the cut in 15 appearances at The Open, and has four top-ten finishes to go along with his three victories.


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