Tiger Woods withdraws from The Open
The 40-year-old has missed three consecutive majors for the first time in his career20:46 Friday 1 July 2016, 20:46 1 Jul 2016
Tiger Woods has withdrawn from this month's Open Championship at Royal Troon.
The 14-time major winner has been struggling with a back problem and hasn't played since August.
Last week Woods said he was making progress, but he wasn't ready to play four days in a row.
He has not played this having undergone back surgery last year. He has gone down the surgical route three times since 2014.
By not playing at Royal Troon, Woods will miss a third straight major for the first time in his professional career.
"I keep getting physically better. I just hope that everything clicks in and I can do it sooner rather than later," he said a week ago.
"I guess I still need to get in golf shape. It's about four, five days in a row.
"I just need to get to where strength-wise I can handle the workload of playing out here on a weekly basis, practising after round, not having to go ice my back and all that kind of stuff.
"I'm not quite there yet. I've pushed through a lot of injuries and rehabs before. I'm trying to do it correctly at this time."
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