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AUGUSTA, Ga. – After what is being deemed a ‘successful’ surgery, Tiger Woods made a big announcement about his ability to play.

On Tuesday, Woods announced that he will not be able to compete in this year’s Masters Tournament.

On Woods’ website, he issued a statement saying, “I’d like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters. It’s a week that’s very special to me. It also looks like I’ll be forced to miss several upcoming tournaments to focus on my rehabilitation and getting healthy.”

This is the first time in nearly 20 years Woods will miss the Masters Tournament.

Woods underwent a microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve in his back.

The website says he will begin rehabilitation and treatment within a week.