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Stanford Alum Tiger Woods Pulls Out of British Open

For all you Tiger Woods fans out there, you're going have to wait a bit longer to see him between the ropes again.

Woods announced through his website Tuesday that we will indeed pull out of the 2011 British Open at Royal St. George's due to nagging injuries to his left knee and Achilles tendon suffered during the Masters back in April. Tiger has played through injuries before, but this time feels it best not to risk further injury and wait until he is back at 100% before returning to professional golf. Make the jump to see what Tiger had to say for himself.

Unfortunately, I've been advised that I should not play in the British Open," Woods said. "As I stated at the AT&T National, I am only going to come back when I'm 100 percent ready. I do not want to risk further injury. That's different for me, but I'm being smarter this time. I'm very disappointed and want to express my regrets to the British Open fans."

Tiger, now 35, is in pursuit if Jack Nicklaus' all time major wins record at 18, he currently is four shy of that mark with 14 majors, with his last major win coming in 2008 at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, where he topped Rocco Mediate to a 18 hole Monday playoff basically on one leg. Despite the fact that Father Time is against him, and his body is currently crumbling, Tiger still thinks he has a legitimate shot to reach the Golden Bear's epic mark:

"I think my best years are still ahead of me, and I'm very confident and optimistic about the future."

I hope you're right Tiger, the game needs you back.

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