Tiger Woods hoping to return for Masters after another back surgery
Tiger Woods has had yet another back surgery.
The 15-time major champion announced on Tuesday he underwent a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a “pressurized disk fragment” that was causing him issues during the PNC Championship in December.
Woods, in the statement, said he would resume training and look forward to getting back on Tour. He will not play in the Farmers Insurance Open or Genesis Invitational as originally planned, but will still be the Tournament Host for the Genesis.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) January 19, 2021
Tiger’s showing at the PNC was notable not only because it was his first showing since The Masters, but also because he played alongside his son, Charlie.
But his participation in that event has resulted in yet another back procedure.
Woods’ back issues are well renowned at this point. They featured prominently towards the end of HBO’s Tiger documentary. He had a spinal fusion surgery that eventually allowed him to return to the sport in the fall of 2017. Woods would subsequently experience unprecedented triumphs at the 2018 Tour Championship before improbably winning his fifth green jacket at Augusta in 2019.
But Woods has struggled to live up to the excitement that followed his latest Masters victory. Fatigue and old age have limited the number of tournaments for which Tiger Woods schedules himself, and he has underwhelmed in recent major championship events. Woods even missed the cut at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot this past September.
However, it is possible this latest surgery could again free up Tiger’s range of motion and allow him to swing more freely. He is sure to ease into recovery, but will eventually start ramping things up for the 2021 Masters in April.