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Tiger Woods back surgery in Utah successful, will miss Masters

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Golf legend Tiger Woods underwent a successful back surgery in Park City, Utah on Monday, March 31 to relieve a “pinched nerve” that had been ailing him for months, he announced on his Web site.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Charles Rich, the site added. Rich is a neurosurgeon based in Park City who also treats members of the US Ski Team.

Because of the surgery Woods will be unable to perform at The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

"After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have this procedure done," Woods said in the statement on his Web site.

He had initially hoped to compete in golf’s premier event but has been suffering from the back ailment for too long for him to continue playing at a high level.

Woods hasn’t won a major tournament since 2008.

The goal is for Woods to play again by this summer. He hasn’t missed any Masters since he was a senior in high school, according to the Deseret News.

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