Posted April 05, 2014

Tiger Woods To Miss 2014 Masters After Back Surgery

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Tiger Woods grimaces after his tee shot during the final round at Doral. (Getty Images).

Tiger Woods announced via Twitter and TigerWoods.com this morning that he will miss next week’s Masters while he recovers from successful microdiscectomy surgery on a pinched nerve in his back.

“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. I’d like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters,” Tiger 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.”

Woods has played in every Masters Tournament since 1995 when he finished 41st and won the low amateur title. Of his 19 appearances in the Masters, Woods has four victories and 13 top-10 finishes.

In a statement released on PGATour.com, Commissioner Tim Finchem wished Tiger well.

“Of course, we’re disappointed to hear that Tiger will be out of competition for a few months and will miss several big tournaments, but I’m sure no one is more disappointed than Tiger. I was pleased to hear that Tiger’s procedure to alleviate a pinched nerve was successful and that the long-term prognosis for his recovery is positive.”

Jack Nicklaus, the man who Tiger is chasing in the record book, posted a response on nicklaus.com. Woods currently sits four majors behind Jack’s mark of 18.

“I am sorry to hear that Tiger will miss the Masters Tournament. I know Tiger has been working very hard to return to form, and as I have said many times, Tiger has a lot of years of good golf ahead of him. I hate to see him robbed of some of that time by injury. But we all know he is doing what is in the best interest of his health and future. I wish him well on a speedy recovery.”

On his website, Woods added: “It’s tough right now, but I’m absolutely optimistic about the future,” Woods 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.”

The surgery, reportedly performed by neurosurgeon Charles Rich in Park City, Utah, is a minimally invasive procedure designed to relieve the pressure and pain caused by a herniated disc. Recovery can take several weeks and doctors recommend that patients avoid twisting and bending the back until they have completely recovered.

In a series of tweets from @AUG_Masters, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club Billy Payne thanked Woods for keeping the club informed of his condition and wished him a speedy recovery.

“Tiger was gracious in keeping us updated of his condition and making us aware of his decision. We wholeheartedly offered our best wishes for his immediate and long-term recovery. Tiger will be in our thoughts and will be missed by our patrons and all of us at the Masters Tournament next week. He is one of our most decorated champions and we look forward to his healthy return in 2015 and beyond.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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425 comments
tigermayy
tigermayy

 Every sport need a dominant figure, Tiger to golf, Muhammed Ali to Boxing, Cowboys, Steelers, Patriots to Football, etc.  Love em, hate em, their sports need them else the popularity of that sports decline.  Look where boxing is now after Ali, Sugar ray, tyson, it's barely in the news, not even on TV anymore.  If and when Tiger quits golf, golf audience will decline, prize money will dwindle unless another person dominates the game.  So all Tiger haters, you'll have nothing to talk about once he leaves.  Better enjoy hating this guy cause you got nothing else to do once his gone!!

fromperpig
fromperpig

As Rory acknowledged, Tiger attracts fans to the game like no other, before & since.  His critics voice their jealousy and contempt through character smears and baseless innuendos but it's resulted in only greater fan interest and endorsement opportunities with advertisers.  So, now that Tiger's not playing, what's left for the yapping little chihuahuas to bark about?...   


"Hey, Tiger.  I hope the pain is miserable!"  (Besides making a total fool of yourself, what exactly do you hope to accomplish by making such comments?)

BubbaJoBubba1
BubbaJoBubba1

How pathetic are the haters..........they are obviously living such miserable lives they get satisfaction complaining and complaining.  

YoungGolfer
YoungGolfer

Wish you well and quick recovery Tiger.  Despite the 18 majors Jack has no one has dominated the game the way you do. No one has inspired and influenced the game the way you do. And I doubt any one has the same level of dedication and love for the game as you do.  You are one of the only two athletes that can make me glue to my TV. The other is MJ.  You are a true champion of the game of golf.  Hope to see you back to competition soon.

RCH
RCH

He's really cashing in on an appearance fee at some tournament in China.

Rod C
Rod C

Tiger will return to be a better player. I know what he is going thru, and others will too, if they play the game...if you're not feeling right, you probably won't be hitting the ball like you would if you were feeling in the right form.

LadyM
LadyM

These haters commenting on this article fail to see that the absence of Tiger is not only sad, but is going to hurt the rating of golf. Now, there's not a dominant figure playing in the first major,  it may be an one hit wonder who may win and never be heard from again.

Instead of realizing this is going to hurt golf, the haters are happy that he's out. They are intimidated by his greatness. Anytime there's a person like Tiger who is so great, and doesn't represent what they think he should be, (he's not purely white, his father was black), there's going to be haters. Since Tiger has been playing, they have tried to make someone else better, but no one has been better. That's what hurts them so much, they can't name a single person that has accomplished what Tiger has.

Take my advice, "If you can't beat him, why don't you join him." And instead of being so happy he's out, hope that he has a speedy recovery. The golf world needs him.

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

Not many fans realize it, but competitive golf did not exist in the United States until 1996 when Tiger Woods declared himself a "professional" - coining a new term -- and founded the PGA Tour.  With his demise due to age and declining health, it is expected that golf will revert back to the underground sport it was before Woods single-handedly made it prosper.   Those in the know, like the writers on this website, expect it to devolve into something like Hacky Sack, a non-spectator activity practiced by only a few diehard fanatics.  Equipment companies will go out of business.  Golf courses will revert to farmland.  The Golf Channel will be forced to become the Skateboard Channel.  

HalGeorge
HalGeorge

Unfortunately for golf fans, if you like them, or not, the demise of both Tiger and Phil, due to health issues, has made the game very boring.  I have tried to watch the last few tournaments, but watching a bunch of no-names backing up on Sundays just does not make for exciting golf.  Tiger and Phil were very good for the game, and with these guys out of the picture, golf is going to suffer.


Granted, someone will come along who is going to captivate the golf fans, they always do.  But right now, no one has stepped up to fill those shoes, although there are a few young prospects out there.  We just have to see what happens.  Women's golf is having the same problem, none of the young players have stepped up, and the glamour girls, while certainly easy to watch, have not played stellar golf.


I think golf is in a retrenching mode right now.

CraigMathews
CraigMathews

He can win all the tournaments, morally he's just the person kids should look up to. NOT.

DennisTMenance
DennisTMenance

Its Not about the Players, but the Game Itself..The Players Come and go but Golf Remains

Being out on a Beautifull course on a Early Morning or Late Evening  is Just the most Wonderfull feeling

Being out with your Friends is Another Plus for Playing the Game

It is a Game Like many others, that Has to be Played to Be Enjoyed

Watching others Play it can be Very Boring..


Having Played Augusta and 10 other Top Courses as a Guest ws a Very Moving Experience and memorable

I played My usual Boggie Golf but Enjoyed every Min of it..

5 yrs earlier played with my Father there and he Died 3 yrs later.. We took Pictures and Are Memories today..


That is what Golf Is all about.. Getting out and enjoyed Nature and What Man Can do to manicure his Land for him..


We've Gotten out of hand with Golf..Charging way too Much so the Ave Person cannot enjoy the Game


Some Towns Have Rapped their Public Courses Income to Fund Other City Programs and Destroyed their Golf Course..  Its a Real Shame..

GaryDocCoatoam
GaryDocCoatoam

It was often said that the only things that would stop Tiger Woods from surpassing the eighteen majors of Jack Nicklaus were age and health. 

stagger3
stagger3

Much success in your recovery Tiger. I'm with you in spirit at every turn. You are the greatest.

RobCarey
RobCarey

not suprised with the force he uses when he tees off.

Ramone Lollis
Ramone Lollis

Looks like I won't be watching golf for a while

jabobjon
jabobjon

@fromperpig he was hoping you would chimes in and you did so, mission accomplished.

OK
OK

@PackersFanNumeroUno  

The injury will limit Puddy Tat's indirect access to waitresses, barmaids, and hostesses. That could have a lifelong, crippling impact on Puddy Tat.

LadyM
LadyM

@PackersFanNumeroUno  You should go back to the pits of hell where you came from.  Evidently, the last time there was a volcano hell spit you out.

thenext06
thenext06

and your lack of playing ability and slow play have no place in sports!  you hacker!

porsche356
porsche356

@LadyM  

I am a "Tiger Hater" however I'm not happy he is out because I would much rather he show his skills have diminished than have people wonder if he kept playing would he have broken Nicklaus's record. I have followed golf for 55 years and there have always been selfish arrogant people but from "Hello World" to standing up the people giving "The Bobby Jones Award" without a phone call and hundreds of other examples he is  (in my opinion) the MOST selfish, arrogant golfer the world has seen. He only wants things on his own terms. The world does not function like that

I don't need your advice. My golf world DOESN'T need him.

porsche356
porsche356

@RobertSmith  

you are so wrong-Hagen, Hogan, Snead, Casper, Sarazan, Palmer, Player, Watson, Trevino,

NICKLAUS

RobN
RobN

@HalGeorge If you don't see the drama in a bunch of guys trying to handle the nerves and suck it up to win the first time, then you're not a real sports fan.  There's plenty of drama out there for anybody who really loves the game and who isn't simply a Tiger or Phil fan.  

There's always a gap between one great generation and the next.  It usually means 5-10 years of Golf Digest covers declaring somebody or other the next Jack or the next Tiger.  It's cyclical; always has been.  

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

@GaryDocCoatoam  Age and health slow every golfer.  That is more certain than Phil Mickelson whining about taxes.

Tuesdaymom
Tuesdaymom

Peanut butter is good by it self, adding the jelly to the sandwich is overrated .

ulikdu
ulikdu

Ladym so you want him to go back to your house's

LadyM
LadyM

@porsche356  Certainly he's not needed in your golf world. Your world is full of devils. The devils that will never burn up, they'll keep on burning, and will be in torment eternally.

macer
macer

@Tuesdaymom

Tuesdaymom,

My guess is that a peanut butter sandwich is especially "good" on Tuesday!

You must be happy, even though you posted early on Wednesday and without being critical or sarcastic!

Be Happy everyday of the week!

LadyM
LadyM

@ulikdu   I'm not a kid, I don't live with my mother. I'm married and have two daughters. And my husband has no plan of kicking me out. But on the other hand, if you rather be homeless than to live a life like mines, they'll be kicking your butt out by 7:00 am at the shelter until you qualify for the old folk's home.

ulikdu
ulikdu

I would rather be homeless than live in the hell hole's you called home, we have a bed reserved for because its just a matter of time before your mom's kicks you out again.

LadyM
LadyM

@ulikdu   I would rather for him to go to your house. But I forgot, you don't have a house, you're homeless, and homeless people can't have visitors.

porsche356
porsche356

@LadyM @porsche356  

My devils are certainly a lot better than what ever the hell you worship.

People like you are the truly tormented ones. 

I'm not against religion organized or otherwise, but your kind who (seem) to have nothing else are psycho.

ulikdu
ulikdu

Go back to therapy.

Tuesdaymom
Tuesdaymom

Macer. Yes, it will taste even better the next few weeks, I'll leave a jelly sandwich on the side for you since you're such a jelly lover.

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