Augusta is going to look A LOT different this year. For the first time since 1995, Tiger won’t be playing in the Masters, as a back surgery is forcing him to bow out of the tournament.
Tiger Woods has been a fixture at the Masters, golf season’s first major tournament, every year since his debut in 1995. But this year the famous golfer will not be participating after undergoing surgery on March 31 to fix a pinched nerve in his back. The procedure that will also take the golfer out of several other upcoming tournaments. Looks like the field is wide open now!
Tiger Woods Bows Out of The Masters
“After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have the procedure done,” Tiger announced on April 1. The most famous golfer in history stated that he underwent a successful microdiscectomy surgery for a pinched nerve in his back — something that has been bothering the 38-year-old for several months.
While the Masters is the biggest tournament Tiger will be missing, it sounds like he’ll be out of commission for quite a long time. “The goal is for Tiger to resume playing sometime this summer,” according to Tiger’s website. “The repetitive motion from golf can cause this injury, and Woods could have sustained further damage if he had continued to play. There should be no long-lasting effects from the surgery, and it should not impact the longevity of his career.”
This is not Tiger’s first encounter with injury — he missed both the 2008 and 2011 British Opens due to injury.
Tiger Woods: I’m Still Going To Break Records
Tiger will definitely be back on the green soon — and despite his wildly successful career, he still has some career goals to accomplish. “There are a couple [of] records by two outstanding individuals and players that I hope one day to break,” Tiger resolutely said. “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.”
He is not far behind those two famous golfers. Tiger needs just three more PGA wins to tie Sam Snead for the most all-time professional wins and four more major victories to tie Jack Nicklaus for the most major wins.
We wish Tiger a speedy recovery — and hope that he is able to rest and relax with girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn before beginning physical therapy next week. What do YOU think HollywoodLifers? Will you still watch the Masters? Are you sad that Tiger won’t be playing? Is Tiger still your favorite golfer?
— Caitlin Beck