On his website today, Tiger Woods announced that he will not compete in next week's Masters after having surgery for a pinched nerve in his back.
It's the first time that Woods will miss the Masters as a professional. "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. Woods had a microdiscectomy. A notable touring pro that underwent the same procedure is Jamie Lovemark in August of 2011, but he was just 23 years old. He played two months thereafter. Dr. Charles Rich in Park City, Utah, operated on Woods, who is 38. If recovery is smooth, the world's top-ranked golfer will return to action this summer. "It's tough right now, but I'm absolutely optimistic about the future," he added. It's what you'd expect him to say, but he still hasn't won a major post-knee reconstructive surgery. In a career that's currently defined as being four major titles shy of Jack Nicklaus' record, every missed opportunity raises more doubt. Our relevant real concern is if he'll qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 11:57:00 AM