Tiger Woods to miss Masters after back surgery

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
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The 14-time major winner will miss the tournament for the first time since making his debut at Augusta National in 1995 after having an operation on a pinched nerve "that has been hurting him for several months."

(CNN) - Tiger Woods will not play in next week's Masters after undergoing successful back surgery, the world No. 1 announced Tuesday.

The 14-time major winner will miss the tournament for the first time since making his debut at Augusta National in 1995 after having an operation on a pinched nerve "that has been hurting him for several months."

Woods, 38, has been dealing with back spasms that affected his play last fall and then resurfaced again at last month's Honda Classic, which saw him withdraw during the final round.

He acknowledged his back was bothering him again at the WGC-Cadillac Championship the following week. He ended up shooting a 78 at that tournament's final round, his highest final round score since turning professional.

Woods pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 18 and said a week later that it was too soon to make any decisions on his status for the Masters.

He has won the Masters four times, starting with his first major championship as a pro in 1997 and then again in 2001, 2002 and 2005. Last year, he tied for fourth place at the Master, four strokes behind winner Adam Scott.


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