Tiger goes back under the knife, returning in 2016
Tiger Woods’ stop-start career has stuttered to another halt with news that the former world number one last week had more back surgery.
It has brought the 14-time major champion’s career to yet another screaming halt following suggestions just a few days beforehand that he would play in the Frys.com Open in California in the second week of October.
Tiger Woods (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Woods revealed on his website that he had undergone a second successful microdiscectomy surgery on his back – just 18 months after the previous back surgery.
According to Woods’ surgeon Dr Charles Rich, Woods had surgery to remove a small disc fragment that was pinching his nerve.
Rich also said the operation was a complete success.
“This is certainly disappointing, but I’m a fighter,” Woods told his fans. “I’ve been told I can make a full recovery, and I have no doubt that I will.”
Obviously the surgery torpedoes Woods’ plans to play the Frys.com Open, Bridgestone America’s Golf Cup in Mexico City and the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
“I’d like to send my regrets to Frys and all those associated with the America’s Golf Cup,” Woods said. “Those were two events I was really looking forward to playing.”
“I was ready to start the 2015-16 PGA Tour season at Frys, and I was excited to join my good friend Matt [Kuchar] in Mexico City.”
“I will be attending my foundation-hosted Hero World Challenge but won’t be able to play.”
“I appreciate everything that Hero does for the Tiger Woods Foundation I look forward to being there to support my event.”
Woods admitted he had been feeling some discomfort in the back and hip area in recent weeks.
It was then that an examination showed the discomfort was coming from his back, and Woods elected to have surgery quickly in order to return to the PGA TOUR as soon as possible.
He has now begun an intensive rehabilitation and soft tissue treatment and expects to be back on tour early in 2016.
“These things happen,” he said. “I’ve been injured before and played again. It won’t be any different this time.”