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Tiger Woods will miss the Masters

Nick-Faldo-Tiger-WoodsTiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he will be unable to play in the Masters next week after undergoing a successful microdiscectomy procedure to repair a pinched nerve that has been causing him pain for months. He will need to rest and rehab for several weeks.

“After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have this procedure done,” Woods said in a press release on his website. “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.”

Woods also thanked the fans for their support, adding that he is frustrated to have to miss golf’s most storied event but is following the advice of his doctors to preserve his long-term health.

It’s hard to imagine the Masters without Woods, as he will be missing the event for the first time in his career. He has won the Masters four times and would have been searching for his first major tournament win since 2008. The last time he won the Masters was in 2005.

Tiger had to withdraw from the Honda Classic last month due to back spasms. It was reportedly the same discomfort he had experienced last year at The Barclays, so this is something that has been going on for a while. He hopes to be back at some point during the summer.

Tiger Woods: Explaining quitting to your daughter is no easy task

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Tiger Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic last weekend with back spasms during the middle of the final round. He was putting together a horrible round and later said he had no idea where his shots were heading. Tiger was in the hunt heading into Sunday, so it must have been incredibly difficult to bow it. It was even tougher to explain it to his daughter.

Woods’ 6-year-old daughter Sam walked off the course with him at Palm Beach Gardens.

“Explaining to your six-year-old daughter why you quit is certainly an interesting concept and topic,” Tiger said, via Eye on Golf. “I was telling Sam, ‘hey, daddy can handle pain’ but I just couldn’t move out there. It got to a point where I couldn’t twist.”

Little girls like to think of their daddies as superheroes, so you can imagine why being in pain was no excuse for a 6-year-old. The good news is Tiger said his back feels much better and has not been an issue this week. He should be good to go for the Cadillac Championship this weekend.

Tiger Woods withdraws from Honda Classic with back spasms during rough round

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic during the middle of his final round Sunday.

Woods shot a 65 on Saturday and was being mentioned as someone who could contend for the tournament, but he imploded and was five over on Sunday.

Woods shot over par on five of the holes on the front nine, including a stretch on holes 2-4 of two bogeys and a double-bogey.

Tiger was through 13 holes when he withdrew. He was even par for the tournament and tied for 45th.

NBC reported that Tiger’s spokesman says the golfer cited his back as his reason for withdrawing. NBC reported that Tiger experienced back spasms during warmups and that they were the same issues he experienced last year at The Barclays in August.

Hank Haney: Tiger Woods works out too much, doesn’t practice enough

Tiger Woods Hank HaneyHank Haney and Tiger Woods have been trading some subtle jabs over the past few weeks, and things seem to start with Haney sharing his long held view that Tiger is working out too much.

Haney, who is Tiger’s former swing coach, shared his opinion on his SiriusXM radio show two weeks ago.

“My opinion is he did too much of that. He does a lot of the gym stuff. I know you need to do some for golf, no doubt about it. You need to be in shape, you need to avoid injury, but my opinion is he really overdoes that,” Haney said. “He looks like he’s gained more muscle mass. When he was thinner and younger he was actually faster then. The strength maybe helps you get out of the rough but I’d agree that he’s overdone it. But he loves to work out.”

Haney made those comments after Tiger missed the second cut at the Farmers Insurance Open. He later clarified over Twitter that he thinks Tiger’s bigger problem is not practicing enough.

Woods brought up Haney while playing in Dubai last week by making reference to some of his old habits developed under the coach. He’s what he said via ESPN’s Bob Harig.

“It’s my old pattern again. With my last coach, it was a push-block. We tried to get out of that and go to a cut [a ball that curves from left to right]. It’s harder to aim [more to the] right knowing that I’ve got to cut it.

“Last year all my misses were in the left rough. But they were all straight balls. It was dead straight because I aimed it there. Trying to aim down the right side of the fairway is a little harder. When I get it [correct], I hit these bullet cuts that go forever. And I started getting that toward the end [of the round]. At the beginning of the round, I was in that old pattern. Aim left and hit it. None of them overhooked. It just started left and stayed there.”

Then on Friday Tiger also talked about “hot pulls” on the course at Dubai.

One has to ask why Tiger is still bringing this up when he hasn’t worked with Haney for a few years. He has a new coach now and has been working with Sean Foley. Why is he still bringing up these explanations? Whatever the case, Haney is still defensive about it. He tweeted this on Thursday:

Sounds like they’re both sensitive about the subjects.

Elin Nordegren learned of Tiger Woods’ affair by sending fake text messages

tiger elinThis week marks four years since Tiger Woods notoriously crashed his car on Thanksgiving, an even that led to the unraveling of his personal and professional life.

In commemoration of the notorious night that forever changed Tiger’s life and career, the New York Post on Monday wrote a long story recapping what happened that led to Tiger crashing his Escalade and ending up unconscious and taken to the hospital. In their story, they referenced some details shared by The Daily Beast in 2010 about how the whole night unfolded. Some news outlets and websites have mistakenly said that these are new details from a new report. Though these details are actually from an old report, they’re new to me, which is why I’m sharing them.

According to the old Daily Beast report, Elin learned about the affair between Tiger and Rachel Uchitel (the one the National Enquirer first exposed) by stealing his cell phone, reading his text messages, and pretending to be him in text messages sent to Uchitel.

Tiger apparently gave Elin a heads up that The National Enquirer would be running its story alleging that Tiger and Uchitel were having an affair. Tiger supposedly convinced Elin that the relationship between him and Rachel was platonic, and he even organized a 30-minute phone conversation between Elin and Rachel to convince her that nothing was going on.

Elin was supposedly satisfied after speaking with Uchitel, but she learned on Thanksgiving that Uchitel met Tiger while he was in Australia for an event. That led to bickering between him and Elin, and Tiger supposedly took an Ambien to go to sleep to end the fighting. That’s when Elin got all snoopy on him.

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Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn reportedly ‘at odds’ over Tiger’s unwillingness to travel to Olympics

Lindsey Vonn Tiger WoodsLindsey Vonn has been extremely visible at most of the golf tournaments Tiger Woods has played in over the past year or so. Now that it is her turn to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, one would assume Tiger will return the favor and be there to support his better half. That is apparently not the case, and it could be leading to tension.

According to the National Enquirer, Woods and Vonn are “at odds” because Tiger intends to play in multiple golf tournaments while Lindsey is competing in Russia. Vonn recently joked that she is unsure if Woods would be flying to Russia because he doesn’t like the cold, but she is reportedly angry behind closed doors.

“Lindsey is demanding to be considered an equal, but she thinks Tiger still sees her only as a pretty accessory and doesn’t take her skiing career seriously,” a source reportedly told the Enquirer. “Lindsey told Tiger, ‘I supported you this season. Now, it’s your turn to support me in public. I’m not just your cheerleader — I’m a world class athlete too!’”

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The source also claimed that the arguments between the two have been “very nasty.”

While we have no way of knowing if the report is true, it is worth noting that Vonn has expressed frustration in the past over being viewed as simply Tiger’s girlfriend. She has her own athletic career and clearly wants people to acknowledge that. Time will tell if one of those people happens to be her boyfriend.

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Lindsey Vonn: Tiger Woods is ‘dorky-goofy’

Lindsey Vonn Tiger WoodsVery few people think of Tiger Woods as a “goofy” guy. There’s a reason Tiger looked hilariously awkward last month when he and Matt Kuchar busted out the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” handshake at The President’s Cup. That rare moment of light-heartedness likely didn’t surprise Lindsey Vonn.

Vonn discussed her relationship with Woods on Katie Couric’s show earlier this week. The way she described Tiger may make him a little less intimidating when he wears his red shirt on Sundays.

“He’s funny,” Vonn said when asked what Tiger is like as a person. “He’s really laid back. He’s a great guy, always making jokes, very competitive just like me. We have very similar personalities. If there’s one thing I can say it’s that he’s funny. He’s goofy, like dorky-goofy.

“He’s probably not going to be that excited that I just said that.”

I hate to have to go here, but this is the same Tiger Woods who was bagged sexting things like “I’m Blasian” with smiley faces next to it during his infamous sex scandal days. He may be incredibly serious on the golf course, but in a way we kind of knew he was dorky.

Related: Lindsey Vonn admits she’s ‘a little crazy’

H/T NBC OlympicTalk