Tiger Woods will not play in The Masters next week, the World No. 1 player announced on his website. Woods, who has withdrawn from his past two events, had successful back surgery to repair a pinched nerve, performed Monday by Dr. Charles Rich in Park City, Utah.
“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.”
The statement said Woods’ goal is to resume playing “sometime this summer.”
With 79 career PGA Tour victories, he is three shy of equaling Sam Snead’s record. And his 14 major victories – the most recent coming at the 2008 U.S. Open – are four short of the 18 that Jack Nicklaus won in his career.
“It’s tough right now, but I’m absolutely optimistic about the future,” Woods said. “There are a couple (of) records by two outstanding individuals and players that I hope one day to break.
To view Woods’ statement, go to: http://www.tigerwoods.com/news/2014/04/01/70599322/tiger-unable-to-play-in-the-masters-after-successful-microdiscectomy/