Tiger Woods is skipping the British Open next week to fully heal from injuries to his left leg, according to the star athlete.
Woods is suffering from injuries to his knee and Achilles tendon. He sat out the AT&T Nationals last week for the same reason.
"I am only going to come back when I'm 100% ready," the pro golfer said in a written statement. "I do not want to risk further injury. That's different for me, but I'm being smarter this time."
Smarter, indeed. A 2010 study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry found that high-strain tendons (like the Achilles heel) tend to repair more slowly. That's troubling, given that one of the three most common foot or ankle injuries is an Achilles tendon rupture, according to a 2010 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.