The 15-time major winner, Tiger Woods, announced on Tuesday that he had undergone a fifth surgery of his back and is expected to miss the first two months of the year on the PGA Tour.
“I am eager to start training and focus on going back on the tour,” the 45-year-old said in a statement released on social media.
This was the fifth operation Woods had on his back in the last seven years, and the fourth time a golfer underwent microdisectomy surgery. The procedure was performed to remove a piece of disk that was pinching a nerve. They did the same process three times before it was 2014 and ’15 Spinal fusion surgery in 2017.
Woods has struggled with unexpected back pain for years, and his 2020 starts producing just one top-10 finish, a tie for ninth at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in January. In mid-February, he became increasingly stiff and repeatedly grim in the final two rounds of the Genesis Invitational, where he shot 11 overs and finished last among cut-making golfers.
Woods also withdrew from the series of March tournaments before the PGA Tour was called off due to a coronovirus epidemic.
After the tour resumed in June, Woods played incorrectly and completed no more than a tie for the 37th. On Memorial tournament In July, his first round was strong but became so stiff in the later rounds that he was unable to take the full golf swing.
Played in six secrets since then 2019 masters win, He missed the cut three times, tied for 21st, tied for 37th and tied for 38th.
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