Tiger Woods arrives to sign copies of his new book, "The 1997 Masters: My Story", at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York City on March 20, 2017. The book is a reflection on his historic Masters win in honor of its upcoming twentieth anniversary. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo
March 31 (UPI) -- Eager eyes hoping to see Tiger Woods tee off at Augusta National were disappointed Friday with the news that he wont play in the 2017 Masters Tournament.
Woods, 41, said he was "not tournament ready" on his official website. He has no official timetable to return.
"Unfortunately, I won't be competing in this year's Masters. I did about everything I could to play, but my back rehabilitation didn't allow me the time to get tournament ready," Woods said in the statement. "I'm especially upset because it's a special anniversary for me that's filled with a lot of great memories. I can't believe it's been 20 years 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."
"I'd like to pass along my regrets to Billy Payne, the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons, that I won't 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 years, and while I'm disappointed, it will be good to be back there Tuesday."
Woods hasn't played competitive golf since February's Dubai Desert Classic. He has been dealing with recurring back issues, but still plans to attend the Champions Dinner at Augusta National. He has also missed three of the last four Masters tournaments and five consecutive major tournaments. Woods has four green jackets, but hasn't won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open.
The 2017 Masters Tournament tees off on April 6.