Woods to sit out British Open and miss another major

"I just need to get healthy enough where I can do it on a regular basis".

Woods has won the British Open three times in his illustrious career, at St Andrews in 2005 and 2010 and at Royal Liverpool in 2006. In 2015, another Open venue - Royal St. George's Golf Club in Kent, England - also voted to allow female members.

Woods remains stricken after back surgery he had a year ago and will not compete later this month at Royal Troon, a decision allowing Fraser into the field as an alternate.

Woods broke par only one round in his Royal Troon debut in 1997 when he tied for 24th.

The 40-year-old 14-time major champion - which includes three Opens - said last weekend he might not return to competitive golf this year.

Woods has undergone three back surgeries since March 2014.

Woods last competed more than 10 months ago at the Wyndham Championship.

The 14-time major victor was forced to miss both the 2016 Masters and the US Open and it was thought that he might try and return at Royal Troon in 12 days' time.

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The vote at a special meeting came less than two weeks before the British Open is held at the Ayrshire links for the ninth time, eliminating what was likely to be a distraction as more of Britain's top links courses accept women.

The Open will begin at the Scottish course in a little under two weeks time and the vote will come as a relief to organizers, the Royal and Ancient (R&A), which appears keen to leave the era of all male elite clubs behind.

Yes, there are still golf clubs that only permit men, which was the case with Royal Troon Golf Club in the United Kingdom, until members voted to overturn that policy Friday afternoon.

The R&A said it welcomed the decision by Royal Troon and recognised "the significance for the club".

Royal Troon golf captain Martin Cheyne says it's important for golf clubs to reflect modern society. But the vote to admit women was expected, with the prestige and economic benefits of hosting the Open at stake.

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