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Woods pulls out of AT&T with strained elbow

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Tiger Woods’ injury may have been more serious than first thought.

On his website Wednesday, Woods said he will miss next week’s AT&T National because of a left elbow strain.

“I have been advised to take a few weeks off, rest and undergo treatment,” he said on his site. “I’ll be ready to go for the British Open, and I’m looking forward to playing at Muirfield.”

Woods was the defending champion at AT&T National, which benefits his foundation. The world No. 1 added that he looks forward to “being there to provide my support” at Congressional.

This marks the third time in seven years that Woods has missed the AT&T. A winner in 2009 and ’12, he sat out because of injury in 2008 and ’11.

Woods tied for 32nd at Merion after rounds of 73-70-76-74, the 13-over 293 total representing his worst 72-hole score in relation to par in any major he has played as a pro. It also extended his majorless drought to 16, dating to the 2008 U.S. Open. 

Throughout the week, however, Woods appeared to favor his left arm, particularly when he was gouging out of the 5- and 6-inch rough. He downplayed the injury when discussing it with reporters, revealing only that it had initially flared up sometime during The Players, which he won for his fourth victory of the season.

The injury also ends speculation as to whether Woods would return to play The Greenbrier Classic, which is scheduled for the week after AT&T.

The British Open is July 18-21 at Muirfield. In 2002, he shot a third-round 81 there when playing in the worst of the weather and eventually tied for 28th.