Tiger Woods announced via his website on Wednesday that he will miss next week's AT&T National in Maryland, the tournament he won last year, because of a left elbow strain.
Woods said he was examined by a medical staff after returning home from the U.S. Open and decided after doctors diagnosed him with the sprain that he would sit out of the tournament, which will take place June 27-30 in Bethesda. Woods will take a few weeks off for rest and treatment and said via his website that he expects to play in the British Open, which is scheduled for July 18-21:
"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."
Wood also said that he will still be at AT&T National for support and apologized to his fans and sponsors for not being able to compete:
"I would like to extend my regrets to AT&T, our sponsors and the fans in the Washington, D.C., 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."