says will miss Masters, no timetable for return
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[April 01, 2017]
By Frank Pingue
(Reuters) - Tiger Woods will miss next
week's U.S. Masters due to his troublesome back and has no timetable
for his return to competitive golf, the former world number one said
It will be only the third time Woods has missed the year's first
major since he first competed at Augusta National in 1995. The
four-times champion did not play at the Masters in 2014 or 2016 and
tied for 17th in 2015.
"I did about everything I could to play, but my back rehabilitation
didn't allow me the time to get tournament ready," Woods said in a
statement on his website.
"I have no timetable for my return, but I will continue my diligent
effort to recover, and want to get back out there as soon as
The 14-times major winner said he would still be at Augusta
National's clubhouse on Tuesday for the annual Champions Dinner
ahead of the April 6-9 Masters.
Woods returned to the PGA Tour in January after a 17-month absence
following back surgery but has not played a tournament since he
pulled out of a European Tour event in Dubai because of a back spasm
in early February.
He missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open after shooting
rounds of 76 and 72 and shot an opening-round 77 a week later in
Now 41, Woods has not won a major title since he clinched the 14th
of his career at the 2008 U.S. Open and his form has slumped
dramatically as he has battled injury in recent years.
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Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 1st green during the first round
of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines
Municipal Golf Course. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
This year's Masters marks the 20th anniversary of Woods winning the
first of his four Green Jackets at Augusta National. He also won the
title in 2001, 2002 and 2005.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing)
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