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Tiger Woods will miss Masters after back surgery for pinched nerve

Tiger Woods will miss the Masters after undergoing surgery for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for months.

The top-ranked golfer made the announcement on his website Tuesday morning, explaining he will need several weeks of rehabilitation.

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"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," he said.

The microdiscectomy was performed on Monday in Park City, Utah. Woods said the back surgery was successful and that, after beginning intensive physical therapy in coming days, he could be chipping and putting by the end of the month.

Hurting: Tiger Woods will miss the Masters because of back surgery to fix a pinched nerve. He hopes to be back competing ...
Hurting: Tiger Woods will miss the Masters because of back surgery to fix a pinched nerve. He hopes to be back competing by June. Photo: Getty Images

His goal is to return to competition by summer.

"I'd like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters," he said. "It's a week that's very special to me."

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Tiger Woods' recuperation from back surgery gives world number two golfer Adam Scott, pictured, another chance to reach the top spot. Photo: AP

Back spasms have pestered Woods since last summer and forced him to withdraw from the recent Arnold Palmer Invitational.

"It's tough right now, but I'm absolutely optimistic about the future," he said. "There are a couple [of] records by two outstanding individuals and players that I hope one day to break. As I've said many times, Sam and Jack reached their milestones over an entire career. I plan to have a lot of years left in mine."

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Immediate future cloudy... the 38-year-old Tiger Woods recently pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He will now have to wait longer to win his 15th major championship. Photo: Getty Images

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