Tiger Woods is officially a no go for the Masters.
In a statement released on his website, Tiger cites his ongoing back issues as the culprit for missing the year’s first Major while also making mention there’s no timetable for his return.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be competing in this year’s Masters. I did about everything I could to play, but my back rehabilitation didn’t allow me the time to get tournament ready. I’m especially upset because it’s a special anniversary for me that’s filled with a lot of great memories. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since I won my first green jacket.
“I have no timetable for my return, but I will continue my diligent effort to recover, and want to get back out there as soon as possible.
“I’d like to pass along my regrets to Billy Payne, the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons, that I won’t be there. I will be at the Champions Dinner and I look forward to seeing a lot of old friends.
“Augusta National has been a very important place to me and my family for over 20 years, and while I’m disappointed, it will be good to be back there Tuesday.”
Tigers’ absence continues to suck for golf in a sense however there’s not as much of a reliance on him as there was a few years ago. The likes of Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and other have eased golf fans into an era where Woods competing in a tournament is few and far between.