In little more than a month, Tiger Woods went from being tough to beat to having a tough time even playing.
Woods said Wednesday that soreness in his left elbow would keep him from defending his title next week in the AT&T National at Congressional, and that he would not compete again until the British Open in July at Muirfield.
This is the sixth consecutive year that injury has kept him from either playing a tournament or finishing one.
The culprit this time is a strain in his left elbow. The problem first became apparent during the opening round of the U.S. Open last week at Merion, when he was flexing his left wrist or dangling his arm behind his back after shots out of the thick, punishing rough.
“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 his 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, and I’m looking forward to playing at Muirfield.”
ENJOYING THE RIDE: Justin Rose took care of winning his first major championship last week.
This week is more about enjoying himself and playing with the confidence of a U.S. Open champion, he said Wednesday.
Rose, who is now ranked third in the world, leads a field of 156 players at the Travelers Championship, on the par-70 TPC River Highlands course that invites golfers to try for birdies. Last year’s winner, Marc Leishman, shot 14-under-par 266.
“It’s a perfect week for the week after a major,” said Rose, who won last week with a score of 1-over 281.
“It’s got challenges out there, but the challenge is, can you go low?”
Rose said he planned in advance to play a three-week stretch starting at Merion, and loves the TPC River Highlands course, where he has three top-10 finishes in seven starts.
NEW EVENT: The Web.com Tour has a new season-ending tournament, with Winco Foods signing a three-year deal as title sponsor of the Portland Open.
The tournament will be played Aug. 21-24 on the Witch Hollow course at Pumpkin Ridge.