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Golf: Tiger Woods to miss Masters after back surgery

Published on Apr 2, 2014 12:50 AM
Tiger Woods at the 2013 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, in April 2013. - FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - World number one Tiger Woods said Tuesday he would not be able to play in the Masters after undergoing back surgery earlier this week to treat a pinched nerve that has been troubling him for several months.

"Sad to say I'm missing the Masters. Thanks to the fans for so many kind wishes," Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, said on Twitter and on his website.

It will be the first time Woods has missed the Masters, which starts on Thursday, since he made his debut at Augusta National in Georgia as an amaetur in 1995.

The surgery was performed on Monday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Charles Rich, and the 38-year-old will require several weeks rehabilitation.

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