Tiger Woods has suffered a setback with his back, revealing on Tuesday that he recently underwent a fifth surgery that will sustain him until the year begins after the West Coast swing on the PGA Tour.
Woods will not play at the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines, which he has recently won seven times in 2013. He also won the US Open at Torre Pines in 2008, which again hosts the US Open in June.
He will also remember Genesis Invitational on February 18–21 in the Riviera, where he serves as the tournament host.
In a statement by his TGR Foundation, In which Woods also tweeted, He did not say when he underwent microdisitomy surgery. It was during the PNC Championship last month to remove a piece of pressurized disc that was giving him nerve pain, which he played with his 11-year-old son Charlie.
Doctors said the operation was a success and, according to the statement, predicted a full recovery.
“I look forward to starting training and focusing on getting back on tour,” Woods said.
Woods won the last time at Torrey Pines, when back problems started. He did his first microdiscectomy just before the 2014 Masters, and then he had two more in September and October of 2015.
The fourth surgery was a major surgery in April 2017, with her lower spine fused. Woods’ return was a success, winning the 2018 Tour Championship – his first match in five years – and winning the Masters in 2019, the 15th major and the first in 11 years.
When he won the Zozo Championship in Japan in the fall of 2019, he added Sam Snead’s career victory record to No. 82, and that record was only a matter of time. But he was not in all the serious controversies of the previous year and missed a full month with a minor one before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf.
When he returned in July, he did no better than tie for the 37th match at the PGA Championship in seven tournaments. In six of the events where he made the cut, he knocked out a combined 107 shots from the lead.
He turned 45 at the end of last year, and his surgery count now ranges from 10 to five, with five on his left knee, five on his back.
Woods, after finishing 38th in his Masters title defense, said he has days that are tougher than others.
He said, “There are just moments in my body where he doesn’t work, like he used to.” “No matter how much I try, things just don’t work the way they used to, and no matter how much I push and ask this body, it just doesn’t work in time. Yes, sometimes it is more difficult to get inspired by others.
“Yes, because things just ache and have to deal with things I’ve never done before.”
He played the PNC Championship with his son and finished seventh.
Woods plans to be in the Riviera as the tournament host. The statement only stated that he would miss Torrey Pines and Rivera. He was not predictable according to his schedule in recent years leading to the Masters on 8–11 April.
Recently moved to Florida at the World Golf Championship event played in Mexico and followed the West Coast swing. Then it’s Bay Hill, where Woods has won eight times (before his previous surgery), but in the last two years, and has dropped The Players Championship. He has three more tournaments before the Masters.