Woods makes surprise back surgery announcement

A surprise statement on Tiger Woods’ Twitter account overnight has revealed that the 15-time major champion underwent his fifth back operation on December 23rd.

Woods was apparently in some discomfort following his appearance with his 11-year-old son, Charlie, at the PNC Father-Son Championship in December.

Tiger Woods Woods celebrates winning his 15th major title (Credit: PGA Tour)

“Tiger has recently undergone a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurised disc fragment that was pinching his nerve after experiencing discomfort following the PNC Championship,” read the statement.

“His doctors and their team have determined it to be successful and expect him to make a full recovery.”

While the procedure went without a hitch and, according to his good mate, Notah Begay III, Woods is already hitting balls on the range, the 45-year-old will not compete at either the Farmers Insurance Open or the Genesis Invitational in late January and early February but he still intends to play host at his own event at Riviera.

“I look forward to beginning training and am focused on getting back out on tour.”

Rory McIlroy, who is returning to competition for the first time this year in Abu Dhabi, said he was aware of the surgery and says that Woods should be back on Tour before too long.

“In his words it was a small procedure. Obviously any time you are being cut into, you try to avoid that as much as you can, but he was back on his feet the next day so I don’t think we can read too much into it,” said McIlroy.

“I think they were just trying to clean a couple of little bits up. Obviously he won’t be playing for the next couple of months but he should be back for the Masters, if not before that, so I think he’ll be just fine.”

“He won the Masters with four back surgeries so there’s not much he can’t do.”