By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
BETHESDA, Md. -- Tiger Woods says his injured left elbow will be "good enough" for the British Open next month at Muirfield.
The world's top-ranked player is out for this week's AT&T National, which benefits his foundation and where he's the defending champion.
"I pushed it pretty good at the (U.S.) Open," Woods said Wednesday. "Made it worse by hitting the ball out of the rough and eventually got to a point where I wasn't able to play here."
It's the first time Woods has missed a tournament due to injury since 2011 when he limped off after nine holes at THE PLAYERS Championship because of left knee and Achilles pain. He was out the next 11 weeks.
This is also the third time Woods hasn't been able to play the AT&T National because of injury -- he also sat out in 2008 and 2011.
"I listened to my docs and I'm not touching a club," Woods said. "We're treating it, and eventually I'll start the strengthening process of it, then start hitting balls to get up to speed for the British."
Woods' rehab for the injured left elbow includes stem cell treatment, ultrasound, ice and anti-inflammatories.
He first injured the elbow in May at THE PLAYERS Championship.
"It didn't feel good then early in the week, but I pushed through it," he said. "It progressively just got worse."
He won anyway, and he continued to play.
Three weeks later, Woods played the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, where he was the defending champion. He finished in a tie for 65th at 8 over, posting his worst-ever score in the event, a 79 in the third round.
While he doesn't necessarily regret playing there, he did say it would have been better to take that week off.
It only got worse at Merion, where he suffered a strain hitting out of the rough in the opening round.
Woods wasn't take any chances this week.
"It was nice to have a four‑week break before the Open," he said. "Unfortunately, this tournament is in that four‑week gap. It's tough."