Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tour Notebook; Woods Skips Event to Rest His Elbow

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tour Notebook; Woods Skips Event to Rest His Elbow

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Byline: Garry Smits

Tiger Woods won't be pushing it with a sore left elbow that he injured while winning The Players Championship last month at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course.

Woods announced on his website on Wednesday that he will not play in his next scheduled start, the AT&T National, because of an injury that caused him visible pain last week when hitting out of rough at the U.S. Open.

Woods said last week that he began feeling pain at The Players. The world's No. 1-ranked player is the defending champion and host of the AT&T National, and his Tiger Woods Foundation is the charitable beneficiary. The tournament is June 27-30 at the Congressional Country Club in Potomac, Md.

"I was examined after I returned home from the U.S. Open, and the doctors determined I have a left elbow strain," Woods said on the web site. "I have been advised to take a few weeks off, rest and undergo treatment. I'll be ready to go for the British Open."

Since The Players, his fourth victory of the season, Woods has struggled. He tied for 65th at the Memorial and tied for 32nd at the U.S. Open. He has broken par only once in his last eight rounds.

TOP THREE STRUGGLE

The United States Golf Association has grouped the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 players in the world for early rounds in the U.S. Open four times since 2008. Most of the time, the top-three players in the world have fallen flat on their collective faces in the season's second major.

Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott combined to go 13-over par in their first two rounds last week at Merion, the second-worst combined showing since the USGA started the grouping. At least all three made the cut. Last year at the Olympic Club, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and McIlroy combined to go 26 over, and only Westwood made the cut.

Woods, Phil Mickelson and Scott went a combined 6 over at Torrey Pines in 2008, and Woods went on to win his 14th major championship. That remains the best group effort. The next time Nos, 1, 2 and 3 played together was in 2011 at Congressional, when Westwood, Donald and Martin Kaymer were 7 over.

There have been only three under-par rounds from the marquee group. Woods shot 68 in the second round at Torrey Pines, Westwood had a 68 in the second round at Congressional and Kaymer shot 70 in the second round at Congressional.

OPEN CHANCES

The Davis Love III Foundation is sponsoring events surrounding the weekend of the Open Championship, with The First Tee benefiting.

The Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga., site of the PGA Tour's McGladrey Classic, will hold an Open Breakfast and Viewing Party from 7-10 a.m. on July 19 at the Retreat Club. A four-player shamble tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. The event is to kick off a fund-raising campaign to bring a First Tee chapter to Southeast Georgia. …

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