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Tiger Woods says strained elbow will be ready for next week's British Open

Tiger-woodsInjured elbow? What injured elbow? Tiger Woods said on his website Saturday that he is "full go" for next week's British Open at Muirfield after resting his injured left elbow the past couple of weeks.
"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," Woods said. "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."
Woods said the injury first occured at the Players Championship in May, and he was clearly in pain when hitting shots out of the thick rough last month at the U.S. Open. Woods tied for 32nd at Merion.
Woods, who hasn't won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, will try to end his drought next week at Muirfied, where he tied for 28th in 2002 while seeking the third leg of the Grand Slam. Woods was among a large group of players in the third round who got caught in one of the worst storms ever to hit the Open. He shot an 81, the worst score of his professional career.
"That's just the nature of links golf," Woods said. "Luck plays a big part in it, and you never know what you're going to get."
(Photo: Fred Vuich/SI)

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