The American Tiger Woods said Tuesday he would not attend the Masters Golf Tournament from 10 to 13 April at Augusta (Georgia), after back surgery this week.
For the first time since 1995, the four-time winner at Augusta between 1997 and 2005 will not be from the 2014 edition. A persistent back pain for several months leading an operation on Monday and forced the world No. 1 to give the heartsick.
Thunder on the planet golf. Tiger Woods at the Masters this nonstop since 1995, will miss the 2014 edition. The world No. 1 has itself to announce on social networks. Suffering from a pinched nerve in back, Tiger had surgery on Monday at a clinic in Park City (Utah).
It Remains Nonetheless Optimistic
“After trying to get ready for the Masters and after consulting the medical profession and to the lack of progress, I decided, in agreement with the doctors, let the procedure, he said via his official website . course I am sorry to miss this special week, but I will also miss having a series of tournaments to devote myself to my rehabilitation. ”
“I thank my fans for their support. This decision is obviously frustrating but there was no other way. This is a difficult decision, but I remain optimistic for the future. I still have a few years ahead of me to achieve my goals, those joining for example one day Sam (Snead) and Jack (Nicklaus). ”
Here he talks about the record of victories on the PGA Tour held by Snead (82 against 79 for Tiger Woods) and the record of success in Major owned by Jack Nicklaus in 1986 (18 against 14 for Woods).
Back To The British?
Aged 38, Tiger Woods has not won any tournament since the WGC-Bridge stone Invitational in early August 2013. First signs of weakness in the back appeared a few days after, specifically Barclay’s, the first of the four components of the Fed Ex Cup play-offs. In the first round, Woods had thus collapsed to his knees, electrified by intense pain in the lower back, just after hitting a ball on the course. This is the same evil that was forced to abandon the Honda Classic in early March 2014. The WGC-Cadillac Championship the following week, his physical condition allowed once again to be desired, especially during the 4th round where the player could not even get his ball in the hole.
At the time of writing these lines, the return of the greatest golfer of the last fifteen years is not fixed. By major interested, we could see him compete in the current summer. For the British Open at Royal Liverpool (July 17-20), where he won in 2006? Maybe. Recall that since April 2011, Tiger Woods has not been spared by the physical problems but this is the first time since the 2008 U.S. Open he has to solve the operation. 2008, the year of his last major triumph.