*Tiger Woods will miss his second major due to those “minor” injuries to his left leg.
In an announcement on his website Tuesday that came as no surprise, Woods said he would not play in the British Open next week because his injuries have not fully healed, reports ESPN.com.
“Unfortunately, I’ve been advised that I should not play in the British Open,” Woods said. “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.”
It will be the second time in the last four years that Woods has missed two majors in one season. He did not play the British Open and PGA Championship in 2008 while recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left knee. These injuries are not as easy to describe.
Woods said in May that he suffered “minor injuries” to knee ligaments and his Achilles tendon while hitting from an awkward stance in the pine straw on the 17th hole in the third round at the Masters. He skipped the Wells Fargo Championship, and withdrew after nine holes from The Players Championship a week later because of injury.
Woods said last week it was a mistake to go to The Players, and that if he had waited, he would be playing golf right now.
“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,” he 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.”
Woods was replaced at Royal St. George’s by Jason Dufner, who said on Twitter, “Looks like I am getting in the open championship, I am excited!”