Woods confirms he will miss Masters

Tiger Woods has confirmed that he will not compete in next week’s Masters, as he continues to battle injury.

Four-time Augusta winner Woods has been on the treatment table since his longstanding back issues returned in Dubai, in February.

That left the 41-year-old’s participation at the Masters in balance and in a statement on his website, Woods confirmed that he will only be at Augusta in a spectator capacity.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be competing in this year’s Masters,” he said.

“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.”

Woods only returned from more than a year on the treatment table in December after two operations on his back.

But after competing at January’s Farmers Insurance Open and the following week’s event in Dubai, the problem returned.

“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,” added Woods, who will attend the Champions Dinner on Tuesday night.

“Augusta National has been a very important place to me and my family for over 20 years, and while I’m disappointed, it will be good to be back there Tuesday.”