Tiger Woods withdrew from the Masters Tuesday, ending his streak of 19 consecutive appearances at Augusta National. In light of the news, a statement was released by the man whose record Woods has been chasing for more than a decade: Jack Nicklaus.
"I am sorry to hear that Tiger will miss the Masters Tournament," Nicklaus said. "I know Tiger has been working very hard to return to form, and as I have said many times, Tiger has a lot of years of good golf ahead of him.
"I hate to see him robbed of some of that time by injury. But we all know he is doing what is in the best interest of his health and future. I wish him well on a speedy recovery.”
Woods' total of 14 majors places him four short of Nicklaus, who won his 18th and final major at the Masters in 1986. In announcing his withdrawal, Woods shared his thoughts on his quest to catch Nicklaus, as well as Sam Snead, whose total of 82 career PGA Tour wins is three more than Woods' current haul.
"It's tough right now, but I'm absolutely optimistic about the future," Woods said. "There are a couple [of] records by two outstanding individuals and players that I hope one day to break. As I've said many times, Sam and Jack reached their milestones over an entire career. I plan to have a lot of years left in mine."