Tiger Woods has back surgery, will miss Masters for the first time

Updated: 02 April 2014 11:38 IST

Tiger Woods had surgery for a pinched nerve. Earlier, he had withdrawn from the final round of the Honda Classic and skipper the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Tiger Woods has back surgery, will miss Masters for the first time
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Tiger Woods will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after having surgery on his back.

Woods said on his website that he had surgery on Monday in Utah for a pinched nerve that had been hurting him for several months. He withdrew during the final round of the Honda Classic and skipped his title defense at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods says the surgery was successful, but he will need rehabilitation for several weeks.

Woods says he tried to rest over the last three weeks to be ready for the Masters next week, but that he failed to make enough progress.

The world's No. 1 player says he hopes to be able to return this summer. He did not know how long it would take to recover.

Topics : Golf
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