I’ve been dedicated to my rehab and improving daily, but I’m not physically ready to compete in the Masters. https://t.co/vbrv5xXISu
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 2, 2016
Tiger Woods will not be participating in this year’s Masters he announced on Friday via Twitter.
Woods missed the 2014 Masters but then came back in 2015 and finished tied for 17th. Woods has been battling back injuries since the Fall of 2015, and it has nagged him since, but a video he posted on Twitter of him taking a full swing on a simulator, gave many people hope.
Not this time around however. Here’s a statement from Woods on his website:
“After assessing the present condition of my back, and consulting with my medical team, I’ve decided it’s prudent to miss this year’s Masters,” Woods said in the statement.
“I’ve been hitting balls and training daily, but I’m not physically ready. I’ve said all along that this time I need to be cautious and do what’s best for my long-term health and career. Unfortunately, playing Augusta next week wouldn’t be the right decision. I’m absolutely making progress, and I’m really happy with how far I’ve come, but I still have no timetable to return to competitive golf.”
Woods has won 14 major titles including four Masters tournaments. His first major win was at the Masters in 1997 where he shot a record, -18 to win it and the record is now tied by Jordan Spieth, who accomplished the feat in last year’s tournament.
Despite some of the amazing things he has done in the other majors, Woods’ biggest moments have come at the Masters. Woods however, has stated that the Open Championship is his favorite major.
Woods has one top-10 finish in his last four Masters appearances, with his last victory coming in 2005 when he defeated Chris DiMarco in dramatic fashion. Woods’ four Masters victories are tied with Arnold Palmer for second most behind Jack Nicklaus who has six.
We’ll see if he decides to play in any of the other three majors moving forward. Woods missed the cut at the U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship in 2015.
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