Two weeks ago, Tiger Woods announced that he would sit out this year’s Masters. This would be the second time in three years that Woods misses the Masters. He missed the 2014 event due to similar back problems. During the past years, he has been plagued with multiple injuries that have kept him off the greens. He is still in recovery after a back surgery.
At this point on his career, Woods has been forced to take it slowly. The four-time winner of the green jacket, at age 40, has dropped to position 472nd in the world rankings. This is due to his not competing since last August at the Wyndham Championship, where he ended up in 10th place.
In his blog, Woods announced regarding his recovery and the Masters 2016, "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."
"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,” he added in the statement.
In the same statement, he expressed his regret and disappointment to Billy Payne and the Augusta staff, “I'd like to express my disappointment to Billy Payne, the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I won't be competing. It's a very important and special week to me, and it's upsetting to miss it. I do plan to attend the Champions Dinner and see a lot of old friends.”
Tiger Woods’ absence will definitively be felt in the Masters 2016, but he hopes to make a fast recovery and to get back to completing soon.