In news that—at this point, will not shock golf fans—will certainly make many say “Awww,” Tiger Woods announced on Friday that he won’t be playing next week’s Masters.
Woods announced the decision on his website, citing not back problems as much as comeback problems. The main reason was a lack of preparedness—oh yeah, which he blamed on not being able to practice because of his back.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Still, at this point, it’s not due diligence that Woods needs to be worried about as much as the fact that his long-awaited comeback seems to be past due. Back injuries repeatedly continue to haunt Woods the past few seasons as recent as earlier this year in Dubai.
But the fact is—even an aching Woods is good for golf considering that even with the Masters considered by most a long shot—when word surfaced that Woods was scheduled to deliver a press conference next week in Augusta, speculation grew that he might indeed tee it up.