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Tiger Woods announces he’s had surgery, will be unable to play in the Masters

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Tiger Woods took to social media on Tuesday to announce that he has undergone surgery and for the first time in 20 years, he will be unable to compete in the Masters.

According to a report on his official website, Woods underwent successful microdiscectomy surgery for a pinched nerve in his back that despite his best efforts to compete, has been plaguing the golfer for several months.

The surgery was performed by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich in Park City, Utah, on Monday.

Instead of competing in the Masters in two weeks, Woods will be resting and then begin rehabilitation.

“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.

“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.

“I’d also like to thank the fans for their support and concern. It’s very kind and greatly appreciated. This is frustrating, but it’s something my doctors advised me to do for my immediate and long-term health.”

The report states that Woods can begin “intensive rehabilitation and soft-tissue treatment” as soon as next week and that the plan is for him to return to the PGA Tour this summer.

Ultimately, it must devastate Woods not to be able to compete at arguably his favorite tournament of the season, as well as missing out on a chance to end his dry spell in the majors. But in the end, he and his team had to decide what was the best for his long-term health. Hopefully, this merely is a minor — but necessary — setback and by doing the surgery now at least makes it more likely Tiger has dealt with his wonky back once and for all.

Finally, for any would-be conspiracy theorists out there who suspect this is some kind of April Fools’ Day joke, first of all, Tiger isn’t like that. Secondly, at least one media type sought out confirmation and it appears he’s received it (via Eye On Golf):

There you go.

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