Jul
5
2011
Open and Shut Case: No Tiger at British
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

No surprise: No Tiger at Open

Tiger Woods will skip next week’s British Open to fully recover from his injuries, according to an announcement on his website:

“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.”

Woods personally contacted Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, to explain why he is unable to play.

“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,” Woods 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.

“I think my best years are still ahead of me, and I’m very confident and optimistic about the future.”

News of Tiger missing the British comes as no shock to anyone in the golf world — or if you were listening to his press conference last week at the AT&T National. And I think we can all agree it’s a shrewd decision he’s made to take his time to heal.

While Tiger hasn’t given a specific timetable as to when he’ll return, he’s said that he’d be surprised if it wasn’t this year. Hmmm…

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)