Woods pulls out of Masters

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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.”

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