Saturday 21 October 2017

Tiger to miss his Augusta anniversary

Tiger Woods. Photo: Getty Images
Tiger Woods. Photo: Getty Images

Former world number one Tiger Woods will not compete in this week's Masters after failing to recover from his latest back injury.

Woods said earlier this month he was ''trying everything'' to be fit for the first major of 2017 and was included on a pre-tournament interview schedule released by tournament organisers on Thursday.

However, the 41-year-old said on Friday evening he would not be fit to mark the 20th anniversary of his first Major title by competing at Augusta National and still had no timetable for his return.

"Unfortunately, I won't be competing in this year's Masters," Woods said in a statement on his website. "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."

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