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Tiger Woods Skipping 2011 U.S. Open, Hopes Injury Will Heal In Time For AT&T National

Tiger Woods announced via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon that he will not join the field at the 2011 U.S. Open. On his website, Woods elaborated on the nature of his injuries, and announced that he hopes to participate in the AT&T National.

"I am extremely disappointed that I won't be playing in the U.S. Open, but it's time for me to listen to my doctors and focus on the future," Woods said. "I was hopeful that I could play, but if I did, I risk further damage to my left leg. My knee and Achilles tendon are not fully healed. I hope to be ready for AT&T National, the next two majors and the rest of the year."

The AT&T National, which Woods won in 2009, will begin on July 3rd. Since the U.S. Open begins on June 19th, this will give the noted golf enthusiast approximately two extra weeks to recover from his leg injuries.

In his statement, Woods also stated that he hopes to compete in the 2011 PGA Tour's final two majors, the British Open (which begins July 17th) and the PGA Championship (August 14th.)

At this juncture, it's impossible to say exactly when Woods will be able to return to the course. He still hasn't won a PGA Tour event since November of 2009.

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