Tiger Woods will not play in 2011 U.S. Open

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods won't be playing the U.S.

Open this year.

Injuries to his left knee and Achilles' are bad enough that

Woods decided Tuesday to skip the U.S. Open for the first time

since 1994. The Masters is now the only major he has never missed

as a pro.

Woods said he strained ligaments in his left knee - the same one

that has been operated on four times - hitting a shot out of the

pine straw in the third round of the Masters. He described it then

as a "minor injury," although it is clearly much more. He said

two weeks ago it might have been a mistake to play in The Players

Championship, where he had to withdraw after nine holes.

There is no indication when Woods will return.