Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday he will be unable to play in The Masters this year after undergoing a procedure on his back.
"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 announced on his website. "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."
On Monday, Woods underwent successful microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for several months. Within a week the world's No. 1 ranked golfer will begin intensive rehab and soft-tissue treatment.
Missing the Masters, a tournament Woods has won four times, means another lost opportunity to win a major championship. It's no secret that Woods' primamry goal in golf is to win more majors than any other player, a title currently held by Jack Nicklaus, who won 18 majors. Woods has 14 majors, though his last win came at the 2008 U.S. Open.
"It's tough right now, but I'm absolutely optimistic about the future. There are a couple [of] records by two outstanding individuals and players that I hope one day to break," Woods said. "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 expects to be able to play later this summer, according to his website. It will be interesting if his rehab schedule will have him in playing shape by the end of June, when he will host his annual tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. Membership at Congressional recently voted to extend hosting Woods' tournament in 2016, 2018 and 2020.
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