Tiger Woods is out of next week’s Open Championship at Sandwich as his injury agony goes on.
Not prepared to take the gamble that he did at the Players Championship on May 12 - he shot 42 for nine holes and then quit - the three-time champion will miss the event for the second time in four years.
“Unfortunately, I’ve been advised that I should not play in the British Open,” said Woods, who contacted Peter Dawson, chief executive of the Royal and Ancient Club, to explain his decision.
After four operations on his left knee already in his career - one of those led to him missing Birkdale in 2008 - the 14-time major winner hurt it again during the Masters in April and also injured an Achilles tendon.
“As I stated (last week), I am only going to come back when I’m 100% ready. I do not want to risk further injury,” he said. “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.”