Tiger Woods says his injured left elbow won't be problematic next week at the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield, with a bit of a caveat.
"I started chipping and putting a little over a week ago and I'm full go for the British Open," Woods said in a blog entry on his website. "I'm very confident that my left elbow strain won't be a problem and I will be able to hit all the shots I need to hit. That's why I took the time off, so it could heal, and I would feel comfortable playing again. I'm still taking anti-inflammatory medication for my elbow and getting treatment, but the big thing at Muirfield Golf Club will be to avoid the rough."
Scouting reports from Scotland suggest Muirfield's rough will be long and nasty -- much worse than the tall stuff that caused Woods to re-aggravate the left elbow injury he later said first occurred during his win at The Players Championship.
After finishing T-32 at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, Woods put himself on the disabled list, pulling out of a title defense at the AT&T National and, although not made public at the time, a return to the Greenbrier Classic a week later.
The last time the Open Championship came to Muirfield in 2002, Woods was looking for his third consecutive major of the year. In the third round, he faced some of the worst weather in recent Open memory, leading to 81. He finished T-28.