Tiger Woods will not be in the field at Royal Troon later this month after officially withdrawing from the 2016 British Open. Australian Marcus Fraser is now in the field as the beneficiary of Woods' withdrawal.
Woods has not played in a major championship in 2016 as he recovers from back surgeries, and this will be his fifth missed major championship in the last three years. Woods spoke publicly at last week's Quicken Loans National, where he was the host, and said that he's slowly working his way back but isn't yet playing four consecutive days.
"Well, I'm playing. I just need more time," said Woods on the CBS broadcast. "I still need to get stronger, need to recover faster and that's just unfortunately going to take time, which I'm not a very patient person when it comes to that as you know over the years. Pushing through some of my injuries, pushing through some of my rehabs, I've come back and I've won. I've won major championships doing it that way but this one's different. This one I'm older, it takes a little longer to recover and to heal, and I'm going to do it right so I don't have another surgery."
Woods noted that he's been able to play full 18-hole rounds on back-to-back days, but is not yet playing four rounds in four days as he needs to be able to when he returns to competitive golf. He also admitted that, while his goal is to return as soon as possible, there is a chance that he misses all of 2016 as he continues to recover.
The 14-time major champion has had five DNPs, four missed cuts, a 69th-place finish at the 2014 British Open and a T17 finish at the 2015 Masters in the last 11 majors -- since the start of 2014.