Tiger Woods, the world’s No. 1 golfer, will miss next week’s Masters after undergoing back surgery Monday, he announced on his website Tuesday.
“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,” Woods said.
Woods, who has been troubled with the injury for several months, will need several weeks of rest and rehabilitation. The website reported he hopes to return to playing “sometime this summer.”
If that’s the case, it means Woods will likely miss the Wells Fargo Championship at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club May 1-4, although Woods had yet to commit to playing in the Charlotte tournament. Whether he’ll be back for June’s U.S. Open in Pinehurst is also in doubt.
Woods had successful a microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve, an injury that forced him to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational two weeks ago. He’s never missed playing in the Masters, a tournament he’s won four times.
Woods said he expects to continue to pursue the records of Sam Snead (career victories) and Jack Nicklaus (major championships) once he recovers.
“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.”