A derecho couldn't keep Tiger Woods from winning the AT&T National last year. In 2013, an elbow injury will prevent him from defending it.
Woods announced on his website Wednesday that he would not compete in the tournament held at Congressional C.C. in suburban Maryland due to an injury tweaked on the first hole of the U.S. Open at Merion.
"I was examined after I returned home from the U.S. Open, and the doctors determined I have a left elbow strain," Woods said on his website.
"I have been advised to take a few weeks off, rest and undergo treatment. I'll be ready to go for the British Open, and I'm looking forward to playing at Muirfield."
This marks the second time in three years Woods will not compete in his own tournament. He skipped the 2011 version of the AT&T National at Aronimink C.C. in suburban Philly because of a left knee and Achilles injury.
Woods said at Merion he first injured the elbow while competing at The Players Championship, which he won for the second time this year after a 12-year drought at TPC Sawgrass.
In his last two starts, Woods has posted career worsts, including an 8-over 44 on the front nine of his third around at the Memorial Tournament, an event he's won five times, and a 13-over-par score at Merion that set his worst U.S. Open score as a pro and worst 72-hole score in relationship to par in a major.