Woods pulls out of Masters
Tiger Woods has been ruled out of the Masters after undergoing a back operation.
Woods, 38, underwent a successful microdiscectomy in Utah to correct a pinched nerve in his back.
The world number one has been struggling with his fitness for several months - pulling out of Bay Hill recently, and falling away when in contention at Doral - and had already indicated that he was not sure whether or not he would be able to play.
But the 14-times Major champion confirmed yesterday that he will miss the event at Augusta for the first time since 1994.
“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 on his official website.
“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.”