Tiger Woods won’t play in next week’s Masters

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Tiger Woods won’t play in next week’s Masters

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In this April 13,1997, file photo, Tiger Woods, 1997 Masters champion, receives his Green Jacket from the previous year's winner Nick Faldo, left, at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. It has been 20 years since Woods won the Masters for the first time by a record 12 shots.

Tiger Woods announced Friday night that he will not play in the Masters next week in Augusta.

Woods said on his website that he did everything possible to try to play. He says his back rehabilitation simply didn't allow him enough time.

He said there was no timetable for his return.

Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic in early February after shooting a 77, claiming back spasms. Since then, he has sat out his own tournament at Riviera, the Honda Classic and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He even withdrew from a press conference in Los Angeles.

This is the 20-year anniversary of Woods winning his first Masters by a record 12 shots. He last won the Masters in 2005.

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