Last Updated: 20/06/13 12:35pm
Tiger Woods: Will not play competitive golf until Muirfield
Tiger Woods has insisted he will be fit for the Open Championship next month despite having to withdraw from the AT&T National.
The world No 1 was hampered by an elbow problem during the US Open, where he was clearly in pain every time he had to hack of of the dense Merion rough.
Woods finished out of the top 30 on 13 over par, 12 shots behind champion Justin Rose, and went for medical tests on his return to Florida which revealed a strain in his left elbow.
Doctors have advised him to rest while he undergoes treatment, but he is confident of making the trip to Muirfield for the third major of the year.
"I have been advised to take a few weeks off, rest and undergo treatment. I'll be ready to go for the British Open, and I'm looking forward to playing at Muirfield."
"I was examined after I returned home from the US Open, and the doctors determined I have a left elbow strain," said Woods, who is tournament host of the AT&T National at Congressional.
"I have been advised to take a few weeks off, rest and undergo treatment. 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, DC, area. The AT&T National means a lot to me and my foundation.
"It's especially difficult not defending at my own tournament. It's going to be a great event, and I look forward to being there to provide my support."
Woods played down the impact of his injury on his performance at Merion, and revealed he first sustained the injury while winning the Players Championship at Sawgrass last month.
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