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Tiger Woods to miss the Open

Tiger Woods has announced he will miss this month's Open Championship at Royal St George's due to his troublesome left leg injury.

There had been months of speculation surrounding the former world number one's appearance this year, but it has now been confirmed.

Fans will no doubt be disappointed to hear that they won't be able to watch Woods' traditional final day charge – when he often wears his famous red Nike golf shirt.

"Unfortunately, I've been advised that I should not play in the British Open," Woods said on his official website.

Missing the Open means Woods will miss an opportunity to edge closer to the record 18 majors Jack Nicklaus claimed in his career.

Woods was tipped to overtake the Golden Bear with ease when he was dominating golf but personal problems off the course and injury and technical issues on-course has led many to believe the American's best days are behind him.

An opinion which Woods disagrees with: "I think my best years are still ahead of me and I'm very confident and optimistic about the future," he said on his website.

Jason Dufner will fill the vacancy left by Woods at Sandwich.
 

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