For the first time since 1996, there will be no Tiger Woods at The 2014 Masters. The 38 year-old world’s number one player had surgery on his ailing back on Monday, and is expected to be sidelined for well over eight weeks while he recovers. Woods had to withdraw from The Honda Classic, and hung in at The WGC-Cadillac where he shot a 78 in the final round.
Tiger Woods had microdiscectomy on his back Monday in Park City Utah, ending the speculation of his appearance in this year’s Masters tournament. He first played the Masters in 1995 as an amateur, missed the cut in his first appearance as a pro in 1996, and won his first major the following year in 1997.
“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 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.”
With the results Tiger has had early in the season it was apparent that he needed to do something if he is ever to catch and surpass Jack Nicklaus and his 18 major wins. Tiger hasn’t won a major since the 2008 US Open. With some luck, he can get healthy and get back on track. With some further luck, maybe he will be health, and ready to compete for a US Open at Pinehurst.
“It’s tough right now, but I’m absolutely optimistic about the future,” Woods said. “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 (Snead) and Jack (Nicklaus) reached their milestones over an entire career. I plan to have a lot of years left in mine.”
Sad to say I’m missing the Masters. Thanks to the fans for so many kind wishes. http://t.co/Ofbre9VHEL
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 1, 2014
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