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Tiger Woods, who is halfway to winning all four majors in a calendar year, may compete at this month's British Open without having played a tournament since the U.S. Open last month.

The world No. 1 was scheduled to compete in the Western Open this week, but withdrew yesterday, citing an unspecified illness.

Woods, who has won the Western Open twice, said he will stay at home in Florida before travelling to Muirfield, Scotland, for the British Open, July 18 to 21.

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"Naturally, we are disappointed he has had to withdraw," said tournament director John Kaczkowski. "Tiger Woods has competed in our championship seven of the past eight years, including every year since 1997."

Woods, the Masters champion, became the fifth player to win the first two majors of the season with his U.S. Open success at Bethpage (New York) State Park last month.

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