Tiger Woods has undergone a microdiscectomy to alleviate nerve pain in his lower back and will not compete at next month’s Farmers Insurance Open or Genesis Invitational next month.
An announcement was made via Woods’ Twitter account that he had “recently undergone a microdisectomy procedure to remove a piece of pressurized disc that pinches his nerve after experiencing discomfort after the PNC Championship having had.”
Woods is no stranger to the process. He had done it three times – once in the spring of 2014 and twice in the fall of 2015. She finally underwent a more serious operation called Spinal Fusion in April 2017 that prevented her from swinging a golf club for six months.
He returned from that surgery in 2018 and won the Tour Championship after the Masters in 2019 and then the Jojo Championship in that year.
Woods, 45, struggled the most until 2020, and complained of stiff back and sore back several times.
After finishing ninth at the Farmers Insurance Open a year ago, he never came close to participating in the remaining eight tournaments. He finished in a tie for 38th at the Masters in November.
The PNC Championship is a 36-hole event he played with his 11-year-old son Charlie last month.
“I am looking forward to starting training and going back on the tour,” Woods said in a statement, adding that he would not compete in one of the two tournaments to be held in California.
When Woods first had the procedure on March 31, 2014, he returned to the competition in June of the same year, though many believed it was too soon. He had the procedure again in September 2015 and again six weeks later.