Updated: 04/01/2014 2:18 PM
Created: 04/01/2014 12:54 PM KSTP.com
Tiger Woods will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after having surgery on his back.
Woods said on his website that he had surgery Monday in Utah for a pinched nerve that had been hurting him for several months. He withdrew during the final round of the Honda Classic and skipped his title defense at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Woods says the surgery was successful, but he will need rehabilitation for several weeks.
Woods says he tried to rest over the last three weeks to be ready for the Masters next week, but that he failed to make enough progress.
The world's No. 1 player says he hopes to be able to return this summer. He did not know how long it would take to recover.
RELATED: The 96 players who have qualified and are expected to compete in the 78th Masters, to be played April 10-13 at Augusta National Golf Club. Players listed in only first category for which they are eligible. One spot remains open for the winner of the Shell Houston Open if not already eligible.
MASTERS CHAMPIONS: Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Phil Mickelson, Angel Cabrera, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Mike Weir, Vijay Singh, Jose Maria Olazabal, Mark O'Meara, Ben Crenshaw, Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson.
U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONS (five years): Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Lucas Glover.
BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONS (five years): Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink.
PGA CHAMPIONS (five years): Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Y.E. Yang.
PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPS CHAMPIONS (three years): Matt Kuchar, K.J. Choi.
U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPION AND RUNNER-UP: a-Matt Fitzpatrick, a-Oliver Goss.
BRITISH AMATEUR CHAMPION: a-Garrick Porteous.
U.S. AMATEUR PUBLIC LINKS CHAMPION: a-Jordan Niebrugge.
U.S. MID-AMATEUR CHAMPION: a-Michael McCoy.
ASIAN AMATEUR CHAMPION: a-Lee Chang-woo.
TOP 12 AND TIES-2013 MASTERS: Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen, Brandt Snedeker, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Tim Clark, John Huh.
TOP FOUR AND TIES-2013 U.S. OPEN: Billy Horschel, Hunter Mahan.
TOP FOUR AND TIES-2013 BRITISH OPEN: Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter.
TOP FOUR AND TIES-2013 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Jim Furyk, Jonas Blixt.
PGA TOUR EVENT WINNERS SINCE 2013 MASTERS (FULL FEDEX CUP POINTS AWARDED): Derek Ernst, Sang-Moon Bae, Boo Weekley, Harris English, Ken Duke, Bill Haas, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker, Ryan Moore, Dustin Johnson, Chris Kirk, Scott Stallings, Kevin Stadler, Russell Henley, John Senden, Matt Every, Steven Bowditch.
FIELD FROM THE 2013 TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Steve Stricker, Roberto Castro, Nick Watney, Brendon de Jonge, Luke Donald, Gary Woodland, Kevin Streelman, D.A. Points, Graham DeLaet.
TOP 50 FROM FINAL WORLD RANKING IN 2013: Hideki Matsuyama, Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Francesco Molinari, Rickie Fowler, Matteo Manassero, David Lynn, Thongchai Jaidee, Peter Hanson, Joost Luiten, Branden Grace.
TOP 50 FROM WORLD RANKING ON MARCH 30: Stephen Gallacher.
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