Tiger Woods has undergone a fifth back surgery.
On Tuesday the 15-time major champion’s Twitter account shared a statement that said, “Tiger has recently undergone a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching his nerve after experiencing discomfort following the PNC Championship. His doctors and their team have determined it to be successful and expect him to make a full recovery.”
“I look forward to begin training and am focused on getting back on Tour,” Woods said on the post
The post also stated he will not compete at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines or his Genesis Invitational at Riviera this year. Woods will seen at a PGA Tour event it will be as a host and nothing else.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) January 19, 2021
Woods had his fourth surgery in April 2017 was a major one, to fuse his lower spine. Woods’ return was successful, he competed in 18 events in 2018, leading to a victory at the Tour Championship that August. Seven months later, he went on to claim his fifth Masters in spectacular fashion, adding a 15th major title and first in nearly 11 years.
Woods is coming off one of the more mediocre seasons of his career as he notched just one top 10 worldwide in 2020, missed the cut at the U.S. Open and was a nonfactor at the other two major championships.
Woods missed a good chunk of the season early in the year with back stiffness. That was before the sport was shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic
He turned 45 at the end of last year, and his surgery count is now up to 10 — five on his left knee, five on his back.
“My body just has moments where it just doesn’t work like it used to,” he said in November at the Masters, his last official tour start. “No matter how hard I try, things just don’t work the way they used to, and no matter how much I push and ask of this body, it just doesn’t work at times.”