Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the U.S. Masters in Augusta, Georgia. He has pinched a nerve in his back and had surgery on the injury on Monday, reports CBS.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Woods made the announcement via his website saying:
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. 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.
2. This will be the first masters without Woods since 1994.
3. It isn’t known when Woods will return to the PGA tour.
4. Woods has suffered with back injuries since last fall. In March they resurfaced and forced his withdrawal from the Arnold Palmer invitational.
5. Woods is synonymous with the U.S. Masters. In 1997, in his first tournament as a pro, Woods roared to a stunning victory.