Tiger Woods Injury: Updates on Golf Star's Status
Tiger Woods probably couldn't have envisioned a worse start to his 2013 U.S. Open. Not only did the world No. 1 and heavy favorite this week at Merion bogey two of his first three holes, but he is also noticeably in pain.
UPDATE, Saturday, July 13, at 4:50 p.m. ET by Eric Ball
He's baaack. Woods announced on his official website Saturday that he fully intends to participate in next week's British Open:
I started chipping and putting a little over a week ago and I'm full go for the British Open. 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. That's why I took the time off, so it could heal, and I would feel comfortable playing again. 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.
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UPDATE, Wednesday, June 19, at 1:55 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow
Tiger Woods has been diagnosed with an elbow strain and will miss the AT&T National to rest and recover for the British Open, per a statement on his website.
"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. I would like to extend my regrets to AT&T, our sponsors and the fans in the Washington, D.C., area. The AT&T National means a lot to me and my foundation. It's especially difficult not defending at my own tournament. It's going to be a great event, and I look forward to being there to provide my support."
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UPDATE, Friday, June 14, at 3:30 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
Tiger Woods is suffering from inflammation of the left elbow, according to a report from Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel.
Notah Begay confirms Tiger Woods has inflammation in left elbow. Icing, electrical stimulation part of last night's treatment.— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) June 14, 2013
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The Washington Post's Cindy Boren has the latest:
Why is Tiger Woods wincing and shaking his left arm after he swings???— Cindy Boren (@CindyBoren) June 13, 2013
On the first hole of the day, Woods hit his tee shot into the rough. From there, he used a fairway wood and appeared to injure himself on the swing.
To add to that misery, history suggests his abysmal start is a sign of things to come, per ESPN Stats & Info:
This is 3rd time Tiger Woods has made bogey or worse in 2 of first 3 holes at U.S. Open. The other two resulted in a cut and a withdraw.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 13, 2013
Moreover, Woods, who did manage to birdie No. 2, was facing a bogey putt on the fifth when play was stopped for a rain delay.
However, that rain delay could be his saving grace.
Currently, we don't know the extent of Tiger's injury. It very well could get worse with time, but it could also be something that goes away, or at least gets more bearable, after a few hours.
If the latter is the case, then the suspension of play—there is very little chance Round 1 is completed by the end of Thursday—will do him some good. If the injury is more serious, however, he could be in line for a truly disappointing finish.
Of course, the 2008 U.S. Open is worth mentioning.
Coming off knee surgery that forced him to miss the previous two months, Woods, essentially on one knee, struggled during the first round but came back to beat Rocco Mediate in a playoff to claim his third U.S. Open title.
But while the man has shown he is capable of winning major tournaments with major injuries, an arm injury could prove to be a completely different beast.
Only time will tell, though, so be sure to keep an eye out for how Tiger progresses as the U.S. Open continues from Ardmore, Pa.
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