Twenty years after a victory that changed so much, Tiger Woods won’t be playing in this year’s Masters.
Woods made the announcement Friday evening on his website.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be competing in this year’s Masters. I did about everything I could to play, but my back rehabilitation didn’t allow me the time to get tournament-ready. I’m especially upset because it’s a special anniversary for me that’s filled with a lot of great memories. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since I won my first green jacket,” Woods wrote on his website.
“I have no timetable for my return, but I will continue my diligent effort to recover, and want to get back out there as soon as possible.
“I’d like to pass along my regrets to Billy Payne, the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons, that I won’t be there. I will be at the Champions Dinner and I look forward to seeing a lot of old friends.
“Augusta National has been a very important place to me and my family for over 20 years, and while I’m disappointed, it will be good to be back there Tuesday.”
It’s no great shock that Woods will not play in The Masters for the second straight year and third time in four years. Since withdrawing after one round in Abu Dhabi in February, his playing status has been in doubt.