With the season's third major less than a week away, Tiger Woods insists that the elbow injury that kept him out of both the AT&T National and Greenbrier Classic will not affect him at the Open Championship.
'I'm full go for the British Open,' Woods wrote in a blog post at on his website. '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 was clearly hampered by the injury at last month's U.S. Open, wincing multiple times after hacking shots out of the rough at Merion Golf Club en route to a T-32 finish. The injury prevented him from defending his AT&T title at Congressional, and he opted to skip last week's Tour stop in West Virginia to instead allow the injury additional time to heal.
'The big thing at Muirfield Golf Club will be to avoid the rough,' said Woods, who added that he is still getting treatment for the elbow injury as well as taking anti-inflammatory medication.
The 14-time major winner explained that he has been playing 'every day,' but added that the first few days of practice at Muirfield will be key as he looks to regain a competitive focus after nearly a month since his last tournament start.
'The practice rounds are going to be important for how that particular golf course is playing,' noted Woods, who tied for 28th at Muirfield in 2002. '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.'
Woods also took time to voice his support of the PGA Tour's decision to adopt the new rule from the USGA and R&A, banning anchored putting strokes starting in 2016.
'I think we all should be playing under the same rules,' he added. 'It's a global game, and I believe the (PGA) Tour did the right thing.'