Tiger Woods: Elbow will be ‘good enough’ for British Open

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Woods already has won four times this year, twice as many as anyone else, and he has established a comfortable margin again at No. 1 in the world. He still remains stuck on 14 majors dating to the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, which he won despite shredded knee ligaments and a double stress fracture in his lower left leg.

Now 37, Woods has to cope with injuries at an alarming rate.

He had reconstructive surgery on his left knee after his U.S. Open win. He withdrew from The Players Championship in consecutive years, with a sore neck in 2010 and after only nine holes in 2011 with Achilles tendon and other injuries in his left leg that forced him to miss two majors.

Woods said he has been dealing with injuries much longer.

“I played with a lot in my early 20s and no one ever knew about it,” he said. “I just didn’t play in certain tournaments. I took a few weeks off here and there, and that was the end of it. But I played a few events where I really shouldn’t have played, and it caused some damage. There’s a difference between being hurt and being injured. It’s a delicate balance. I know what it’s like to play both, unfortunately.

“You can play hurt,” he said. “But playing injured, it can sideline you for a while.”

Woods attended the opening ceremonies at the AT&T National, which benefits his foundation, and then he did a couple of interviews. The biggest pain Wednesday was not being able to play Congressional, which has hosted four major championships and presents as strong as test as the PGA Tour offers all year.

“Looks like the golf course is in fantastic shape,” he said. “It’s green. It’s lush. It’s thick. Temperature is up. It’s going to present a hell of a test for the guys. I’ll be watching.”

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