Tiger Woods to miss next week's AT&T National

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Tiger Woods is still pondering when he will return to competition.
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Associated Press

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 | 12:19 p.m.

 ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods will miss another golf tournament as he recovers from an injured left leg, saying Wednesday he will not play in the AT&T National next week outside Philadelphia.

“Doctor’s orders,” Woods posted on Twitter.

He said he would be at Aronomink to support the tournament, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundations. Woods said he is “feeling stronger,” but is still not 100 percent.

Woods’ situation also has affected the fourth annual Notah Begay Challenge. The charity event at Turning Stone Resort and Casino’s Atunyote Golf Club in Verona, N.Y., was scheduled for July 5, but Woods’ injury has forced Begay to put it on hold. Woods has committed to play but is still recovering from injuries to his left leg.

Begay says an announcement of a new date and any changes to the format and playing field will come later.

Woods and Begay were college roommates at Stanford. The event, aimed at benefiting Native American youth, has raised more than $2.4 million.

Woods, who has slipped to No. 17 in the world ranking, has not completed a tournament since he tied for fourth at the Masters. He said he hurt his left knee and Achilles hitting a shot on the 17th hole of the third round from an awkward stance in the pine straw.

He tried to compete in the Players Championship, but withdrew after nine holes.

The next tournament on the list is the British Open, which starts July 14 at Royal St. George’s in England. Woods did not mention whether he planned to play the next major. If he did, that would mean two months without any competition before playing the British Open.

Woods is scheduled to be at Aronomink next week, to sign the “We Salute Our Heroes” tribute wall in which fans can write personal messages to the U.S. military. He has a news conference Tuesday afternoon, and is expected to take part in the military opening ceremony on Wednesday.

Woods won the AT&T National in 2009 when it was played at Congressional. It moved to Aronomink for two years because Congressional hosted the U.S. Open last week, won in record fashion by Rory McIlroy.

A year ago at Aronomink, Woods failed to break par in any of the four rounds — the first time he had done that in a regular PGA Tour event in 11 years—and tied for 46th.