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Sunday 25 February 2018

Tiger's British Open spot in doubt after injury setback

Mark Garrod

Tiger Woods is out of another tournament through injury -- and whether he makes the British Open his first event for over two months remains to be seen.

Bothered by knee and Achilles problems since the Masters in April, the former world No 1 last week missed his first US Open since making his debut in 1995.

Now he has been advised to continue his lay-off rather than play next week's AT&T National in Pennsylvania.

The British Open at Sandwich starts on July 14 and Woods will be expected to play only if he is given the all-clear by his medical team.

On Twitter, the 35-year-old said: "Doctor's orders: sitting out the AT&T. Feeling stronger every day, but not 100pc."

Meanwhile, Ian Poulter was not surprised by Rory McIlroy's ability to bounce back from his Masters nightmare at the US Open. Poulter, in Connecticut for the Travelers Championship, said: "Look at his first rounds in Majors. It was a case of when, not if. He's as good a ball-striker as I've ever seen."

World No 14, Poulter is the second highest-ranked player in this week's field behind Bubba Watson. Also playing are Dubliner Padraig Harrington, Scot Brian Davis and Australian Geoff Ogilvy.

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