Tiger Woods has ruled himself out of the 2017 Lords at Augusta due to back troubles which have prevented him from becoming tournament ready

Tiger Woods has confirmed he will not participate in next weeks Lord, the 14 -times major winner acknowledging his game is not tournament ready as he duels continuing back issues. In the latest ominous glimpse towards the future Woods said on Friday he remains unclear as to when he may play again.

Woods has played only three competitive rounds in 2017, the last arriving before he made a Friday morning withdrawal from the Dubai Desert Classic in early February. Woods, 41, cited back spasms having underdone three surgeries on the same region in recent times.

The absence of Woods, who are continuing plans to attend Augusta Nationals champions dinner on Tuesday, will carry extra resonance as it is 20 times on from his maiden major success.

In a statement Woods said: Regrettably I wont be rivalling in this years Lord. I did about everything I could to play but my back reclamation didnt allow me the time to get tournament ready. Im specially upset because its a special anniversary for me thats filled with a lot of great memories. I cant believe its been 20 times 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.

Id like to pass along my regrets to[ club chairperson] Billy Payne, the Augusta National membership, faculty, volunteers and patrons, that I wont 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 times and, while Im disappointed, it will be good to be back there Tuesday.

Woods has now missed three of the past four Masters.

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