Tiger adds British Open to schedule
Neck injury or not, Tiger Woods added the British Open to his schedule.
Woods filed his entry form, according to Golf Digest, and added the British Open to the schedule on his website Monday.
Woods has a chance to become the first player in the 150-year history of the British Open to win three times at St. Andrews, where golf's oldest championship will be held July 15-18.
Woods, the 2000 and 2005 British Open winner, withdrew from the final round of the Players Championship on May 9 after a week in which he was seen stretching and rolling his neck. Woods said his neck had been bothering him since before he returned from a five-month layoff at the Masters, and that it was not related to the Nov. 27 car accident when he ran into a tree, setting off revelations of infidelity.
Tests last Wednesday showed an inflamed neck joint that causes pain and makes it hard for him to turn his head, an injury that will require little more than medicine, massages and rest.
Woods had an MRI exam that revealed inflammation in a facet joint of his neck. He said on his website that when facet joints are inflamed, it causes pain in the area along with headaches and difficulty rotating the head.
"I now need to take care of this condition and will return to playing golf when I'm physically able," Woods said last Wednesday.
The British Open entry marks the third tournament commitment Woods has made for this summer. He has already committed to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and the AT&T National at Aronimink, where he is the defending champion.
Woods said in a news conference last week that he hoped to be able to defend his title at the Memorial, which starts June 3 at Muirfield Village in Ohio.
His next tournament will be his first without swing coach Hank Haney, who stepped aside last Monday.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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