Golfing World News - April 2

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So who spotted our April Fools yesterday?! We can confirm that Adam Scott isn’t really planning on turning Augusta National’s clubhouse into Bondi beach! But one announcement that wasn’t false was Tiger Woods’ withdrawal from The Masters.

The world number one finally ended speculation and revealed he will miss the season’s first Major for the first time in his career due to a back injury.

In a statement, Woods revealed that he had undergone successful surgery after advice from his doctors and will now face several weeks of rehabilitation.

Tiger’s absence means he misses out on his 20th consecutive appearance at The Masters, where he has picked up four green jacket,s and holds the tournament record of 18 under par.

Tiger’s withdrawal cast further doubt on his chances of catching Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors.

A winner of 14 himself, one bookmaker even dropped Woods’ odds of catching Jack’s tally from 6-1 to one to a massive 25-1.

Nicklaus posted his support for the 38-year-old saying he “has a lot of years of good golf ahead of him” as well as wishing him well on his recovery.

Meanwhile, another big name injury that was slightly overshadowed by Woods was Suzann Pettersen.

The women’s World Number Two is also struggling with a back injury, and has been forced to miss the first Major of the ladies season - the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

The Norwegian tweeted her disappointment buts hopes to be back as soon as possible.

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