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Woods 'has been injured since the Players'

ESPN staff
June 14, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Tiger Woods admitted after the conclusion of his second round at the US Open that he has been struggling with a left arm injury since the Players Championship last month.

Woods, the current world No. 1, won the Players at TPC Sawgrass after a final round duel with Sergio Garcia - but picked up a problem with his left elbow in the process, one that has clearly affected him this week at Merion.

Woods grimaced noticeably after a couple of shots during Thursday's opening round, and made similar gestures at points during Friday's play, especially as he struggled to escape from thick rough.

Reluctant to be drawn on the injury when asked about it, Woods said: "It is what it is."

Probed on when the injury happened, he said. "A few weeks ago."

On how the injury occurred, Woods added: "Playing golf at the Players. One of the rounds."

On Thursday evening the American insisted that the injury was not affecting his ability to play well in the year's second major championship. At three-over par heading into the weekend, he is well placed to challenge.

Asked about his strategy for the weekend, Woods said: "Just keep grinding. You just don't ever know what the winning score is going to be. You don't know if the guys are going to come back.

"We have a long way to go, and these conditions aren't going to get any easier. They're going to get more difficult. As the fairway starts drying out, the ball is going to pick up mud, and you're going to get bad breaks."

Woods only played one tournament between his victory at the Players and this week's US Open - a disappointing tied-65th finish at the Memorial Tournament.

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