Tiger Has Surgery, Will Miss Masters
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/1/14
Tiger Woods will miss The Masters Tournament for the first time ever.

Late Tuesday morning, he announced that he underwent successful microdiscectomy surgery for a pinched nerve that has obviously been bothering him for several months. The surgery was performed Monday by a neurosurgeon, Dr. Charles Rich, in Park City, Utah. Woods issued the following statement on his web site:
"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.

"I'd like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters. 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."

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