Tiger Woods is a no-go for Augusta.
Due to a back injury, Tiger Woods has decided to skip the Masters. He recently had back surgery for a pinched nerve which was successful, according to Woods. This will be the first time the Number 1 player will pull out of the Masters since 1994. We wish him a full recovery!
Source: Golf Channel
The world No. 1 announced on his website Tuesday that he recently underwent surgery for a pinched nerve in his back and will skip the Masters for the first time since 1994.
“After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have this procedure done,” Woods said in a statement.
“I’d like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters. It’s a week that's very special to me. It also looks like I’ll be forced to miss several upcoming tournaments to focus on my rehabilitation and getting healthy.
“I’d also like to thank the fans for their support and concern. It’s very kind and greatly appreciated. This is frustrating, but it’s something my doctors advised me to do for my immediate and long-term health.”
Woods will begin intensive rehabilitation and soft-tissue treatment within a week, and he could begin hitting balls in as few as three weeks. His goal was to resume playing on the PGA Tour “sometime this summer.”
“It’s tough right now,” he said, “but I’m absolutely optimistic about the future.”
Prior to this announcement, the Masters was the only major that he had never missed a pro.
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