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Tiger Woods Sitting Out Masters, Citing Lack Of Physical Readiness

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Tiger Woods will miss the Masters for the second time in three years. He announced Friday night on his website that he will not compete in the year’s first major championship, which begins Thursday at Augusta National.

Woods has been out of competition for seven-plus months following back surgery in September and a follow-up back procedure in October. Speculation began late February of a possible return after Tiger posted a short video of him practicing in a indoor swing simulator, and has linked to returns in either tournaments and even the Masters. But, it will be longer before one of golf’s greatest tees it up on the PGA Tour again.

“After assessing the present condition of my back and consulting with my medical team, I’ve decided it’s prudent to miss this year’s Masters,” Woods said in a statement. “I’ve been hitting balls and training daily, but I’m not physically ready. I’ve said all along that this time I need to be cautious and do what’s best for my long-term health and career. Unfortunately, playing Augusta next week wouldn’t be the right decision. I’m absolutely making progress, and I’m really happy with how far I’ve come, but I still have no timetable to return to competitive golf.”

A four-time winner of the Masters, Woods tied for 17th a year ago, after a nine-week break to address issues in his game. It was his best finish in a major championship in 2015 and the second-best of what turned out to be his worst year as a pro. Woods missed the cut in the other three majors and withdrew or missed the cut in five of 10 tournaments. His best finish was a tie for 10th at the Wyndham Championship last season.

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