Tiger Woods announced he would be missing the Masters Tournament on his website Tuesday afternoon.
According to a statement posted on the website, he decided to pull out of the major tournament due to rehab which is the result of a recent microdiscectomy surgery he underwent for a pinched nerve.
The statement also suggested Woods would begin "intensive rehabilitation and soft-tissue treatment within a week." And his doctors believe he'll be putting again in three weeks.
The full statement read:
"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," Woods said.
"I'd like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters," Tiger added. "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."
"It's tough right now, but I'm absolutely optimistic about the future," Woods said. "There are a couple [of] records by two outstanding individuals and players that I hope one day to break. As I've said many times, Sam and Jack reached their milestones over an entire career. I plan to have a lot of years left in mine."