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article imageTiger Woods has surgery on bad back, withdraws from 2014 Masters

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 1, 2014 in Sports
Tiger Woods felt he had to do something about the pinched nerve that's bothered him this golf season and on Tuesday he revealed that he has. Woods tweeted that he had back surgery and that as a result he'll miss the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.
"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 of the minimally invasive surgery, performed in Utah last week.
"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 added. "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."
The Masters at Augusta National (April 10-13) is the only major tournament he has never missed in his 18 years on the PGA tour and, though he has not won it in eight years, he's earned the Green Jacket on four occasions ('97, 2001, 2002, 2005). Woods has won 14 majors and is chasing golf great Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major wins.
His nagging back problems have limited his play this season, causing him to withdraw from the Honda Classic, play poorly in the final round at Doral and pull out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Despite his back, the 38-year-old has maintained his number one world ranking.
He has won 79 PGA tour events, second behind Sam Snead's record of 82.
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