Tiger Woods has confirmed he will not be fit for next week’s Masters at Augusta. He has not played since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic on 3 February with ongoing back problems.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first of his four Masters wins, he has won 14 majors in his career. He won the last of his 14 major titles at the US Open in June 2008.
Woods also missed the 2014 and 2016 Masters tournaments because of injury.
After an absence of 17 months due to injuries, he returned to action in December 2016 but missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open in January after shooting rounds of 76 and 72.
“My back rehabilitation didn’t allow me the time to get tournament ready,” Woods said in a statement on his website. He has had surgery on his knee and back.
“I’m especially upset because it’s a special anniversary for me that’s filled with a lot of great memories.