Tiger Woods holds up the championship trophy after winning during the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill, Sunday, March 25, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Tiger Woods reacts after missing a putt for birdie on the 11th green during the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the Pro-Am competition at the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Tiger Woods wipes his forehead after completing his final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship at Bethpage State Park's Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., Monday, June 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Tiger Woods will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after having surgery on his back.
Woods said on his website that he had surgery Monday in Utah for a pinched nerve that had been hurting him for several months. He withdrew during the final round of the Honda Classic and skipped his title defense at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Woods says the surgery was successful, but he will need rehabilitation for several weeks.
Woods says he tried to rest over the last three weeks to be ready for the Masters next week, but that he failed to make enough progress.
The world's No. 1 player says he hopes to be able to return this summer. He did not know how long it would take to recover.