WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Tiger Woods will not play in the 2014 Masters Tournament, after having successful surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his back, the golfer announced on his website Tuesday afternoon.
Woods had endured several months of pain in his back, and instead of continuing to labor through it, elected to have surgery which will require rest and rehabilitation for several weeks, forcing him to miss the tournament beginning Thursday, April 10.
“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,” he said. “It also looks like I’ll be forced to miss several upcoming tournaments to focus on my rehabilitation and getting healthy.”
Woods has played in every Masters since 1995.
Sad to say I’m missing the Masters. Thanks to the fans for so many kind wishes. tigerwoods.com—
Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 01, 2014