Woods still wary of his comeback

Woods still wary of his comeback

Tiger Woods did not express confidence about being 100 percent fit for next month's British Open but said on Wednesday his injured left elbow would be "good enough" for the year's third major championship. 

The American world number one has been hampered by a left elbow strain for the past six weeks, and was advised by his doctors to skip this week's AT&T National in Bethesda, Maryland where he was scheduled to defend his title.

Woods aggravated the problem earlier this month during the US Open at Merion Golf Club, and was seen wincing and shaking his left arm on several occasions after playing golf shots out of the thick rough.

"I pushed it pretty good at the (US) Open," Woods told reporters at Congressional Country Club on Wednesday. "Made it worse by hitting the ball out of the rough and eventually got to a point where I wasn't able to play here.’’

"I listened to my docs and I'm not touching a club. We're treating it, and eventually I'll start the strengthening process of it, then start hitting balls to get up to speed for the British,’’ he added.

Asked whether the elbow would be fully healed in time for the July 18-21 British Open at Muirfield in Scotland, Woods replied: "How about ... good enough."

"It didn't feel good then early in the week, but I pushed through it," he recalled. "It progressively just got worse. Got to a point where I was starting to struggle a little bit,’’ Woods added.