Woods to miss Masters

The Sports NetworkApril 1, 2014 

(SportsNetwork.com) - Tiger Woods announced through his website Tuesday he will miss the Masters after having successful microdiscectomy surgery for a pinched nerve.

Woods underwent the procedure Monday in Park City, Utah. He will need several weeks of rest and rehabilitation.

"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," said Woods.

"I'd like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters," Woods added. "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."

In the past month, Woods was forced to withdraw during the final round of the Honda Classic due to back spasms and was also unable to defend his title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of the injury.

The 79-time PGA Tour winner will begin rehab and soft-tissue treatment within a week and may be able to start chipping and putting in three weeks, with the goal of returning to competitive action later this summer.

Woods' website stated there should be no long-term effects from the surgery and it should not affect his career.

This will be the first time in Woods' professional career that he will miss the Masters, a tournament he has won four times, but not since 2005.

"Tiger was gracious in keeping us updated of his condition and making us aware of his decision. We wholeheartedly offered our best wishes for his immediate and long-term recovery," said Augusta National Golf Club chairman Billy Payne in a statement. "Tiger will be in our thoughts and will be missed by our patrons and all of us at the Masters Tournament next week. He is one of our most decorated champions and we look forward to his healthy return in 2015 and beyond."

Woods currently owns 14 major wins and remains four shy of tying Jack Nicklaus' record. He is also three victories behind Sam Snead's all-time mark of 82 on the PGA Tour.

"It's tough right now, but I'm absolutely optimistic about the future," Woods continued. "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 and Jack reached their milestones over an entire career. I plan to have a lot of years left in mine."

Woods has made just four starts worldwide during this current season and his best finish was a tie for 25th place at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

The reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year failed to make the secondary cut at the Farmers Insurance Open and tied for 41st at the Dubai Desert Classic, a European Tour event, before withdrawing from the Honda Classic.

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