Tiger Woods had a trying day Thursday at the U.S. Open. (Darron Cummings / AP)

Tiger Woods the world’s No. 1 golfer, will skip his the AT&T National event later this month because of the elbow strain that was clearly bothering him during the U.S. Open last week.

“I was examined after I returned home from the U.S. Open, and the doctors determined I have a left elbow strain,” Woods said on his website.

(Darron Cummings / AP) Woods’s elbow was clearly bothering him last Thursday at Merion. (Darron Cummings / AP)

“I have been advised to take a few weeks off, rest and undergo treatment. I’ll be ready to go for the British Open, and I’m looking forward to playing at Muirfield. I would like to extend my regrets to AT&T, our sponsors and the fans in the Washington, D.C., area. The AT&T National means a lot to me and my foundation. It’s especially difficult not defending at my own tournament. It’s going to be a great event, and I look forward to being there to provide my support.”

Woods said at the U.S. Open that he was experiencing “pain” and had been since The Players Championship in May. His website said that he aggravated the area last week. He was clearly wincing and shaking his left arm, particularly after shots in the rough, at Merion Golf Club.

The AT&T National takes place June 27-30 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. The British Open is July 18-21.

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