Tiger Woods to Miss Masters
This is not an April Fool's joke.
Tiger Woods will miss this month's Masters after undergoing surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his back.
The news was announced on his website and various social media accounts Tuesday afternoon.
The microdiscectomy surgery was performed Monday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich.
From Tiger Woods:
"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."
"I'd like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters," Tiger added. "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."
Woods is set to begin an intense rehabilitation program and soft-tissue treatment within a week. He hopes to resume playing again this summer.
The back injury has one that's been bothering Woods all year, forcing him to withdraw from two separate tour events this golf season.
The next major tournament following the Masters is June 12-15th at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina.