Tiger Woods will be out of action for a lengthy period of time after undergoing a fifth back surgery to ‘remove a pressurised disc fragment that was pinching his nerve’.
Woods on Tuesday announced on his social media channels that he recently underwent a ‘microdiscectomy procedure’ having felt a great deal of discomfort during December’s PNC Championship.
The 45-year-old is expected to miss a number of PGA Tour events, with a big question mark over his fitness for the Masters in April.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) January 19, 2021
Woods was forced to take a break from the game back in 2015 when a spinal injury required major surgery that initially appeared to have ended his career for good.
He made a miraculous comeback, however, and won the Tour Championship in 2018, a year after the surgery, before claiming a fifth Green Jacket at Augusta a couple of months later.
Woods is also likely to feature for Team USA in this year’s Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.
‘I look forward to begin training and am focused on getting back out on Tour,’ he added in the statement.