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Woods to sit out British Open and miss another major

  • FILE - In this June 26, 2016, file photo, Tiger Woods stands on the 18th green during a trophy ceremony for Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament winner Billy Hurley III in Bethesda, Md. Organizers say Friday, July 1, 2016, that Woods has withdrawn from the British Open at Royal Troon. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    FILE - In this June 26, 2016, file photo, Tiger Woods stands on the 18th green during a trophy ceremony for Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament winner Billy Hurley III in Bethesda, Md. Organizers say Friday, July 1, 2016, that Woods has withdrawn from the British Open at Royal Troon. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 16, 2015, file photo, United States’ Tiger Woods walks on the 18th green during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland. Organizers say Friday, July 1, 2016, that Woods has withdrawn from the British Open at Royal Troon. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

    FILE - In this July 16, 2015, file photo, United States’ Tiger Woods walks on the 18th green during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland. Organizers say Friday, July 1, 2016, that Woods has withdrawn from the British Open at Royal Troon. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 15, 2014, file photo, Tiger Woods, of the U.S., looks down the fofth fairway prior to teeing off during a practice round ahead of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England. Organizers say Friday, July 1, 2016, that Woods has withdrawn from the British Open at Royal Troon. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)

    FILE - In this July 15, 2014, file photo, Tiger Woods, of the U.S., looks down the fofth fairway prior to teeing off during a practice round ahead of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England. Organizers say Friday, July 1, 2016, that Woods has withdrawn from the British Open at Royal Troon. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)  (The Associated Press)

Tiger Woods is out of the British Open, the first time he has sat out three straight majors.

The R&A announcement was not a surprise. Woods has not played in nearly a year as he recovers from two back surgeries. He has given little indication when he will be healthy enough to return.

This will be only the third time Woods has missed the British Open. He had knee surgery in the summer of 2008 and missed Royal Birkdale, and he missed the Open at Royal St. George's in 2011 while recovering from leg injuries.

Woods was replaced in the field by Marcus Fraser of Australia.