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Woods Is ’Confident’ Elbow Injury Won’t Impact British Open Play

Golfer Tiger Woods
U.S. golfer Tiger Woods watches his drive from the first tee during a practice round for the 2013 British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield Golf Course in Gullane, eastern Scotland, on July 14, 2013. Photographer: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images

Tiger Woods said he’s “confident” that his recent elbow injury won’t bother him at this week’s British Open.

Woods, No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, said on his website he doesn’t think the injury sustained at last month’s U.S. Open will be an issue when golf’s oldest major championship begins at Muirfield in Scotland on July 18.

“I started chipping and putting a little over a week ago and I’m full go for the British Open,” Woods said. “I’m very confident that my left elbow strain won’t be a problem and I will be able to hit all the shots I need to hit.”

Woods, a 14-time major winner, finished 13-over-par and 12 shots behind winner Justin Rose at last month’s U.S. Open. He then missed the U.S. PGA Tour’s AT&T National tournament at the end of June because of his elbow.

“That’s why I took the time off, so it could heal, and I would feel comfortable playing again,” Woods said. “I’m still taking anti-inflammatory medication for my elbow and getting treatment, but the big thing at Muirfield Golf Club will be to avoid the rough.”

Woods has not won a major championship since the 2008 U.S. Open. He has four victories on the PGA Tour this season and leads the money list with more than $5.9 million in winnings.

“Although I have been playing every day, I also have to get back into a competitive feel,” Woods said. “The practice rounds are going to be important for how that particular golf course is playing. Whether we’re going to need to hit the ball higher or lower, what the conditions are and what the weather is going to be. It’s a little different than Florida.”

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