The speculation of whether or not
will play in this year's Masters
Woods who is currently the No. 1 player in the world announced via his web site on Tuesday that he will be unable to play in the Masters next week after having successful microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve in his back on Monday.
This will be the first Masters Tournament that Woods will miss since 1995 when he was an amateur player.
Woods said in his statement...
"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," Woods said. "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."
While Billy Payne
, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club
, and others at Augusta National thank Woods in a statement for keeping them and fans a breast of his condition, I'm sure that the ratings slip and the lost revenue that comes with Woods missing this tournament will not come with a 'thank you' from the network or the course.
Even though Woods has been under intense scrutiny of the last couple of years, no one can deny the excitement and money that Woods brings a match that he participates in.
Woods said his goal is to be back on the course playing by the summer. He wrote that there should be no long-lasting effects from the surgery, and it should not impact the longevity of his career.
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