Tiger Woods announced Friday that he will not be playing in the upcoming 2017 Masters. He will however be going to the traditional Champions Dinner on Tuesday.
He left a statement on his website, as he usually does for this type of announcement:
“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. 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.”
This announcement comes soon after reports from Tiger’s agent, who said that other sources saying he wasn’t going to tee it up were “inaccurate”. This is why we can’t have nice things anymore! We’re surrounded by what our current POTUS calls “fake news” and even those who say those stories are inaccurate are just trying to cover up their insecurities as well. Reporting is becoming exponentially harder when even credible sources are lying through their teeth.
Tiger was seen hitting golf balls with his coach and suddenly he’s in a position to play in the Masters? No way. But when you have his agent and media junkies like Brandel Chamblee out there, rumors are going to spread. Not to mention Tiger Woods himself told the world he was “hopeful” about a return to the famed Augusta National, but that too was blown out of proportion.
The four-time Masters winner will be attending the Champions Dinner, where past champions are honored the Tuesday evening before the Thursday start. The menu is chosen by the previous winner of the tournament, meaning Danny Willett will be serving his “quintessentially British” cuisine to the lot. “I feel like cottage pie with Henderson’s Relish would be quite nice with little bit of toad in the hole to start,” Willett said. “I reckon it might sound like school dinners, but this is my chance to prove how good Yorkshire food is. Shall we take some sausage rolls?”
With Woods definitively removed from the Masters roster and no timeline scheduled for his return, it seems as though his faltering “comeback” has finally come to a screeching halt.