Tiger Woods will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after undergoing back surgery.
Woods announced the news on his website, saying that he had undergone a microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve in his back that has bothered him for months.
“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.
“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, who had the surgery in Park City, Utah, intends to play this summer after rest and rehab. “It’s tough right now, but I’m absolutely optimistic about the future,” Woods, 38, said. “There are a couple [of] records by two outstanding individuals and players that I hope one day to break. As I’ve said many times, Sam [Snead] and Jack [Nicklaus] reached their milestones over an entire career. I plan to have a lot of years left in mine.”
The Masters begins April 10.
This will be the 1st time since 1994 that Tiger Woods will not be at Augusta. He has now missed all 4 majors due to injury.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 1, 2014