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Woods likely to skip The Open

other Updated: Jun 30, 2011 01:23 IST

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Tiger Woods, who skipped this month's U.S. Open with leg injuries, said on Tuesday he was not sure whether he would be ready to play in the British Open.

Woods has not hit full golf shots yet and said it was too soon to determine whether he would be physically ready for the July 14-17 British Open at Royal St. George's, the third major championship of the year.

"I don't know," Woods said. "And that's hard for me. I'm always goal oriented, but I'm not doing that this time." Woods hurt his left knee ligaments and Achilles tendon during the Masters in April and has not played since pulling out of the Players' Championship on May 12 after playing just nine holes.

Move blocked?
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is all set to block Jose Mourinho's £18 million move to sign Michael Essien for Real Madrid.

Mourinho is keen to get Ghanaian midfielder Essien, 28, to add power and strength to his Real Madrid side.

Mourinho signed Essien for Chelsea in a 24.4 million pound deal in August 2005.

The player has four years left on his current £110,000-a-week contract and is happy to stay at Stamford Bridge. However, a top Chelsea source said, "Abramovich is not going to sell."

England at No. 4
England has climbed to fourth place in FIFA's latest world rankings - equalling their highest placing - despite their poor run of form in recent competitive matches.

They have moved above Brazil and Argentina in the rankings.