July 15, 2013; Muirfield, Scotland; Tiger Woods at the 18th hole during a practice round for the 2013 The Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Paul Cunningham-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Open Championship: How Much of an Issue is Tiger Woods' Elbow Injury?

Tiger Woods comes into this year’s Open Championship under an injury cloud after he re-injured his elbow during the US Open last month at the Merion Golf Club.

The world number one hasn’t played a tournament since his poor performance, but despite only playing 9 holes a day this week, Woods has said he’s good to go.

“Everything is good to go,” Woods said on Tuesday. “The elbow feels good.”

He admitted that he took so long off between the two Majors, as he needed a good elbow for the hard ground at Muirfield. But reports from inside the ropes in Scotland have revealed that he’s only playing 9 holes each day to preserve it.

Not an ideal preparation for a Major Championship right?

While Woods has shrugged off claims that it is still bothering him, you just have to cast your minds back to the 2008 US Open where Woods was forced to take a long layoff after playing through a serious knee injury and more recently last month at Merion where he kept saying the elbow was fine, before revealing a few days later that he won’t play again before this week.

Woods feels that his game is good enough to win major number 15 but once he starts finding some of the thick rough that the Open Championship is renowned for we will then get a true indication just how bad the injury still is, but I still have my doubts whether it will hold up.

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