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Updated:2017-04-01 10:41File photo shows Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, US, on Aug 13, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]Tiger Woods will miss next weeks US Masters due to his troublesome back and has no timetable for his return to competitive golf, the former world number one said on Friday.
It will be only the third time Woods has missed the years first major since he first competed at Augusta National in 1995. The four-times champion did not play at the Masters in 2014 or 2016 and tied for 17th in 2015.
“I did about everything I could to play, but my back rehabilitation didnt allow me the time to get tournament ready,” Woods said in a statement on his website.
“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.”
The 14-times major winner said he would still be at Augusta Nationals clubhouse on Tuesday for the annual Champions Dinner ahead of the April 6-9 Masters.
Woods returned to the PGA Tour in January after a 17-month absence following back surgery but has not played a tournament since he pulled out of a European Tour event in Dubai because of a back spasm in early February.
He missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open after shooting rounds of 76 and 72 and shot an opening-round 77 a week later in Dubai.
Now 41, Woods has not won a major title since he clinched the 14th of his career at the 2008 US Open and his form has slumped dramatically as he has battled injury in recent years.
This years Masters marks the 20th anniversary of Woods winning the first of his four Green Jackets at Augusta National. He also won the title in 2001, 2002 and 2005.Reuters Related StoriesWoods worth $740 million, Jordan a billionaire says ForbesWoods to compete in Dubai Desert ClassicGolf recovery stuck in the elitist bunkerOscar winner Michael Douglas looks to China for golf moviePhotoGermany keep perfect record, England down LithuaniaChina can improve to keep World Cup dream alive, says LippiPodolski gets perfect send-off with winning goal for GermanyLippi urges players to put best efforts in World Cup qualifierFederer defeats Wawrinka for historic Indian Wells titleBarcelona makes history with 6-1 comeback win over PSGMost PopularHighlightsFearless Federer survives Miami scareBlades of glory for Chinas plucky pairGermany keep perfect record, England down LithuaniaWhats HotFearless Federer survives Miami scareSpecialRio 2016 Olympic Games2016 Chinese F1 Grand Prix in ShanghaiShanghai Rolex MastersIAAF World Championships Beijing 2015BACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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