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Elbow injury forces Woods out of AT&T National

ESPN staff
June 19, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
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Tiger Woods will not play in this month's AT&T National due to the elbow injury that appeared to be causing him discomfort at the US Open.

Woods has insisted, however, that the problem will not force him to miss the Open Championship, which takes place later next month.

The world No. 1 announced on his website that he had decided to withdraw from the AT&T National, an event he hosts, on the advice of doctors.

"I was examined after I returned home from the US Open, and the doctors determined I have a left elbow strain," Woods said on his website.

Woods revealed the extent of the injury during the US Open, after being probed on it by reporters after he was shown grimacing following a number of shots.

He suggested that he had picked up the complaint at the Players Championship, a tournament he won, back in May - but refused to balme to issue for his poor performance at Merion.

The 14-time major champion will now rest for a period, before resuming preparations for the next major of the year at Muirfield.

"I have been advised to take a few weeks off, rest and undergo treatment," he continued. "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."

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