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Tiger Woods announces he will not play in the 2017 Masters

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Tiger Woods released a statement on his website on Friday night confirming that he will not play in the 2017 Masters, because he’s not “tournament ready.” It’s the second year in a row that the four-time Green Jacket winner will not tee it up at Augusta National for The Masters, and it’s been 20 years since his 12-stroke victory in 1997.

Here’s his statement in its entirety:

Unfortunately, I won’t be competing in this year’s Masters. 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.

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.

I’d like to pass along my regrets to Billy Payne, the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons, that I won’t be there. I will be at the Champions Dinner and I look forward to seeing a lot of old friends.

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.

The last we saw of Woods in competition was at the 2017 Omega Dubai Desert Classic, where he withdrew after 18 holes due to spasms in his lower back — a location that’s been surgically operated on three times.

Woods says he has “no timetable” for his return to competitive golf.

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  1. Jim H

    Apr 4, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Such a “surprise” announcement

  2. Dave R

    Apr 3, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    OMG who cares. REALLY !!

  3. Tom54

    Apr 3, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I understand he say he is not tournament ready but I don’t know why he doesn’t go have some fun, play the best he can and give fans who still love him the opportunity to watch him. If he would open up and be honest and not really care about what he shoots he would gain a lot of credibility and humility. We all know how great he was no denying that. But I agree that the secrecy around him and his injuries is a bit troubling

  4. ButchT

    Apr 3, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I think his withdrawing is comical.

  5. Pilko

    Apr 3, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Personally I think it’s the correct decision for Tiger and for golf, as much as I like the phenomena of Tiger playing and even better at the Masters. It’s beneficial to golf that the week isn’t centred around another ‘Tiger Return’ and instead we can see other stories break through. Added to this I don’t feel like we are getting the whole story about Tiger and something is being hidden about his condition.

  6. JR

    Apr 2, 2017 at 9:06 am

    who really gives a chit about tiger anymore?? He is toast, done, kaput!!

  7. ND Hickman

    Apr 2, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Seriously, can we please do away with the SHANK and LOL prefix on article pictures. It’s petty and simply plays up to the Tiger-basher crowd.

    • BB

      Apr 2, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Are you seriously triggered by a Tiger Woods article being shanked? SMH

      • ND Hickman

        Apr 3, 2017 at 8:49 am

        Nope, I’ve said it was a silly addition since day one. It literally serves no purpose other than trolling.

  8. Lc

    Apr 1, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Just don’t understand people guy was dominate and great to watch just as any athlete that’s purely competitive and not for the money. He had no other impact on my life nor any of the others that try to bash him.

  9. Lc

    Apr 1, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Ball licker…lol…I get it…lol… funny…read article about a guy and that’s what comes to ur mind. Lol….

  10. KJ

    Apr 1, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Sad to see such a great player have the game taken away from him b/c of injuries. He should start to think about taking an extended leave of absence and just rest his back for another year. Let it heal as much as possible. Give it one more go and if it doesn’t work out, retire.

  11. Tom

    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Jack’s record is safe.

  12. Reebs

    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Aprils fool?

  13. BC

    Apr 1, 2017 at 11:23 am

    He knew he wouldn’t be playing. He has been history for a long time now.

  14. Shallowface

    Apr 1, 2017 at 11:04 am

    There are things that cannot be bought, even if one has a billion dollars.

  15. Rich Douglas

    Apr 1, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Of COURSE he isn’t playing. Neither am I. And both had the same probability: zero.

  16. ooffa

    Apr 1, 2017 at 6:54 am

    BTW he’s not playing in The Players Championship, The British Open, The PGA or the US Open.
    I hope I didn’t scoop your news team with these revelations.

  17. Fat Perez

    Apr 1, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Shocker!!! Lol!

  18. The dude

    Apr 1, 2017 at 6:01 am

    The real question….when will he retire…this year or next.

  19. The dude

    Apr 1, 2017 at 5:59 am

    But …that Bridgestone ball..and TM protos…

  20. TONEY P

    Apr 1, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Wasn’t something we didn’t know. Tiger will be missed. Maybe some others should get out too.

  21. Mark

    Apr 1, 2017 at 5:03 am

    And tomorrow is Sunday. Yawn.

  22. Mr Muira

    Apr 1, 2017 at 4:57 am

    At least Elvis Presley has the decency to rock up.

  23. Johnnylongballz

    Apr 1, 2017 at 3:46 am

    No announcement was necessary.

  24. Wedge Chunk

    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Arnold Palmer wont be there either.

  25. Big Mike

    Mar 31, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    He is done. Great memories of the Tiger of old but today’s Tiger has been tamed by mother nature and physical limitations. Thank you Tiger for the memories and all you have done for the game. Wishing you the best

  26. Moonman

    Mar 31, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    I heard Tiger is going to play next year at the Masters. Cant wait!!!!!!

  27. Jason

    Mar 31, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Maybe he could just be an Honorary Starter.

  28. Dat

    Mar 31, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    close the comments, this is gonna get ugly.

  29. ooffa

    Mar 31, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Of course he’s not. No one thought he would.

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