Tiger Woods A Doubt For The Masters After Surgery

The 15-time Major winner has undergone a fifth back surgery

Tiger Woods A Doubt For The Masters After Surgery
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The 15-time Major winner has undergone a fifth back surgery

Tiger Woods A Doubt For The Masters After Surgery

Tiger Woods looks to be a doubt for the Masters in April after it was announced that he had undergone a fifth surgery on his back.

The 15-time Major winner and five-time Masters champion has recently had a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurised disc that was pinching his nerve.

Woods was said to be in pain during December's PNC Championship, where he and his son Charlie finished in 7th position.

The 45-year-old is out of both the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines next week and the Genesis Invitational at Riviera next month, which he has confirmed that he will attend as host.

However the elephant in the room is The Masters, which is now less than 10 weeks away.

It looks very unlikely that Woods will be able to have a tune-up before Augusta and it could well be that he has to sit out the year's first Major.

"Tiger has recently undergone a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching his nerve after experience discomfort during the PNC Championship," an official statement read.

"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 out on Tour," Woods said.

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Woods' last back surgery came in 2017 when he had a spinal fusion after withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic.

The operation essentially prolonged his career, with Nick Faldo revealing that Woods said he thought he would never play golf again.

The spinal fusion allowed him to continue to compete and he has won three times on the PGA Tour since the procedure, including at the 2019 Masters.

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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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