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Tiger Woods to Skip British Open Because of Leg Injury

Tiger Woods looks on from the fifth hole during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Photographer: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Tiger Woods looks on from the fifth hole during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Photographer: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

July 5 (Bloomberg) -- Tiger Woods will skip next week’s British Open as he tries to recover from knee and ankle injuries.

Woods, the winner of 14 major golf championships, made the announcement on his website.

“Unfortunately, I’ve been advised that I should not play in the British Open,” Woods said. “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, 35, has spent the past seven weeks recovering from left knee and Achilles’ tendon injuries sustained at the Masters Tournament in April and aggravated at the Players Championship in May. He missed the U.S. Open last month and sat out last week’s AT&T National outside Philadelphia.

The British Open, the third major championship of the season, is scheduled for July 14-17 at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich on the English coast, 77 miles (124 kilometers) southeast of London. Woods is a three-time winner, most recently in 2006.

“I know how disappointed Tiger is not to be able to play in the Open this year,” Peter Dawson, chief executive officer of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, said in a statement. “Naturally, we are sorry that a player of his caliber isn’t able to join us at Royal St. George’s, but we wish him well in his recovery and hope to see him back soon, competing in front of the fans that love to see him play the game.”

Dufner In

Jason Dufner of the U.S. will replace Woods in the field after Australian Brendan Jones, who was first on the reserve list, was unable to take the spot because his wife is expecting a baby, the R&A said.

Woods last played in a tournament on May 12, when he pulled out of the Players Championship after nine holes.

“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 hasn’t won a tournament since November 2009. He’s fallen to No. 17 in the Official World Golf Ranking after holding the top spot for a record 281 weeks.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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