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Tiger withdraws from British Open

Tiger Woods smiles during a news conference at

Tiger Woods smiles during a news conference at the AT&T National golf tournament at the Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa. Woods said he will not play in the tournament as he recovers from injuries to his left leg. (June 28, 2011) Credit: AP

Tiger Woods made it official today, announcing that he will not play in the British Open next week. That seemed obvious last week when Woods said during a news conference at the AT &T National, which he hosts, that he has not practiced at all and does not intend to play any golf until he feels 100 percent recovered from his knee and Achilles injuries.

The announcement today just made it formal. The Open will be at Royal St. George’s, where Ben Curtis won.

Woods, in a statement, said, ““Unfortunately, I've been advised that I should not play in the British Open. 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.”

Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R & A, which runs the Open, said in a statement: “"I know how disappointed Tiger is not to be able to play in The Open this year. Naturally, we are sorry that a player of his calibre 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."

Woods’ place in the field will be taken by American Jason Dufner, who tied for fifth in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits last August.

Woods did say last week that he would be surprised if he didn't play again this season and that his doctors have ruled out surgery. That leaves this year's PGA, to be held at Atlantic Athletic Club next month, as a possible target.

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