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Woods to miss Masters after having back surgery

LOS ANGELES -- World number one Tiger Woods won't give up on his quest to break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors despite undergoing back surgery which means he will miss the Masters.

Woods withdrew from the April 10-13 championship at Augusta National β€” it will be the first time he has missed golf's premier tournament β€” following surgery Monday to repair a pinched nerve which had been troubling him for several months.

The 38-year-old American, a 14-time Major winner, said Tuesday: β€œIt also looks like I'll be forced to miss several upcoming tournaments to focus on my rehabilitation and getting healthy.

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