Masters Too Early For Tiger Woods Return

The legendary golfer Tiger Woods has confirmed he will not be fit for next week's Masters and has not put a timetable on his return.

Four-time champion Woods, winner of 14 majors, has not played since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic on 3 February with ongoing back spasms.

In 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of his first Masters victory and he said: "I did about everything I could to play."

The 41 years old golfer also missed the 2014 and 2016 Masters tournaments due to injury.

The American won the last of his 16 major titles at the US Open in June 2008 and has since had surgery on his knee and back.

After sidelined for 17 months, Woods returned to action in December but missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open in January after shooting rounds of 76 and 72.

"My back rehabilitation didn't allow me the time to get tournament ready," Tiger Woods said in a statement on his website.

"I'm especially upset because it's a special anniversary for me that's filled with a lot of great memories.

"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."

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