Tiger Woods Withdraws From AT&T National With Strained Elbow

Benjamin KleinContributor IIIJune 19, 2013

Jun 16, 2013; Ardmore, PA, USA; Tiger Woods hits his second tee shot on the 2nd hole after hitting his first shot out of bounds during the final round of the 113th U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Tiger Woods didn’t look like himself this past weekend at the 2013 U.S. Open, and now we know why.

A press release on TigerWoods.com announced the No. 1 golfer in the world has a left elbow strain that will keep him out of the upcoming AT&T National Tournament.

Here is what Tiger said in the statement:

I was examined after I returned home form the U.S. Open, and the doctors determined I have a left elbow strain.

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.

Woods had a very difficult time at Merion Golf Club, shooting 13 over for the tournament, which was his worst finish at an Open since 1996. Woods had 10 birdies and 20 bogeys throughout his four rounds and needed 2.7 putts per green in regulation.

After winning the Players Championship in mid-May, Woods played poorly at the Memorial Tournament right before the U.S. Open. There, he shot eight over and—despite making the cut—finished in a tie for 65th place.

Woods mentioned he should be ready to play at the British Open, which is set for July 18-21. Woods is a three-time winner at the Open Championship, last claiming the title back in 2006. Last year, he finished tied for third at three under.

An injury is the last thing Tiger needs right now, and if he isn't able to play the British Open, his quest to break the record for most career major victories would be extended.

Tiger currently sits four behind Jack Nicklaus for the all-time record. Woods needs to be healthy going forward in order to keep his hopes of 19 major victories alive.