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Woods resigned to missing British Open

Tiger Woods is almost certain to miss the British Open at Royal St George's in a fortnight after admitting yesterday that there was no timetable for his return.

The former world No 1 has yet to swing a club since walking off the course after just nine holes of the Players Championship at Sawgrass six weeks ago after injuring his left leg.

Although he is walking freely and has been practising on the putting green, his left knee and Achilles are not yet strong enough to compete. Therefore his chances of making the Open, which starts on July 14, remain slim.

"I will come back when I am 100pc. I don't know when that is going to be.

"I've been through this before. I have missed Major championships before. Missing the US Open was really tough.

"I have to learn from what I did at the Players and not come back before I am ready," Woods said, speaking at the AT&T Championship in Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, Team Ireland's Niall Turner made a gallant effort to make the Royal St George's field in the final local qualifying event at the Prince's Course in Kent. He shot rounds of 69 and 71 for a four-under-par total of 140, and missed out by a single shot. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent