Tiger Woods will be at Augusta National next week – but not with his golf clubs.
Woods officially ruled himself out of the Masters on Friday night, ending weeks of social-media gossip and rumors about whether he would make a surprise return at the year’s first major.
Though he won’t compete for a fifth green jacket, Woods said in a post on his website that he still plans to attend the Champions Dinner next Tuesday.
“I’ve been hitting balls and training daily,” he said in the statement, “but I’m not physically ready. I’ve said all along that this time I need to be cautious and do what’s best for my long-term health and career. Unfortunately, playing Augusta next week wouldn’t be the right decision.
“I’m absolutely making progress, and I’m really happy with how far I’ve come, but I still have no timetable to return to competitive golf.”
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