July 13 2013
Tiger Woods hits an approach to the 17th hole at Muirfield in 2002. (Getty Images)
In a blog post on Saturday, Tiger Woods said his sore left elbow "won't be a problem" as he chases a 15th major title next week at Muirfield.
"I will be able to hit all the shots I need to hit. That's why I took the time off, so it could heal, and I would feel comfortable playing again," Woods said. "I'm still taking anti-inflammatory medication for my elbow and getting treatment, but the big thing at Muirfield Golf Club will be to avoid the rough."
Woods hasn't played since the U.S. Open, where he tied for 32nd. An elbow strain forced him to miss the AT&T National.
"Obviously, it was frustrating not being able to defend my title at Congressional Country Club," Woods said "But we had a great ending and a wonderful champion in Bill Haas."
Woods has won the British Open three times. Two of those wins came at St. Andrews. He tied for 28th in his lone start at Muirfield in 2002.