Woods has follow-up procedure on back
Procedure was performed to relieve discomfort
October 30, 2015
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Tiger Woods had a second microdiscectomy performed in September. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
For the second time in less than two months and third time in just over 18 months, Tiger Woods has undergone a procedure on his back.
The latest one took place on Wednesday in Park City, Utah, and was done to relieve discomfort, Woods said Friday on his website.
It was performed by Dr. Charles Rich, the same neurosurgeon who handled each of Woods’ first two microdiscectomy surgeries in the spring of 2014 and then again on Sept. 19 of this year.
Woods’ timetable for a return remains unclear. He said after the September surgery that he had hoped to return to the PGA TOUR sometime in early 2016.
“Tiger is doing well, and we expect him to make a full recovery,” Rich said on TigerWoods.com.
Woods’ agent said there were no further updates and wouldn’t elaborate on the nature of the procedure.
In the meantime, Woods has canceled a Nov. 4 media day for his Hero World Challenge and will miss his final design visit to Bluejack National, his course outside Houston, which was scheduled for the following day.
Though he won’t be playing, Woods said he does plan to be at the Hero World Challenge, Dec. 2-6 at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas. The tournament benefits his foundation.
“It's one of those things that had to be done,” Woods said of the latest setback. “I have an outstanding team of doctors, and I’ll be back as soon as I can.”
Woods first underwent surgery on his back in March of 2014 and missed nearly four months.
When he did return, he struggled mightily, missing the cut in two starts while withdrawing from another and finishing 69th in The Open Championship.
Woods looked fresh in early 2015 -- even if his game didn’t as he underwent another swing change -- but back tightness during a delay at the Farmers Insurance Open caused him to withdraw midway through the opening round at Torrey Pines. He took the next two months off to work on his game and came back at the Masters, where he tied for 17th.
The success was short-lived, however, as Woods missed the cut in the year’s final three majors.
Woods bounced back the week after the PGA Championship and had a share of the lead going into the weekend at the Wyndham Championship, but he finished in a tie for 10th and missed the FedExCup Playoffs for a second straight year.
Woods said he felt discomfort in his back and hip during the event, and tests revealed that the pain was coming from his back.
A month later, Woods underwent a second microdiscectomy, which forced him to miss the first event of the 2015-16 TOUR season, the Frys.com Open, and the Bridgestone America's Golf Cup in Mexico.
Woods made an appearance at the latter and said he faced another "long and tedious" recovery process.
"The last one, it took me awhile to get back," he said last week. "Some players on TOUR have done the same procedure, and to be back pain-free it took them over a year."
WOODS' INJURY HISTORY
October 2015: Woods announced that he underwent a follow-up procedure to his September back surgery. It is done to relieve discomfort.
September 2015: Woods had a second microdiscectomy surgery on his back a few weeks after playing his final event of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season and missing the FedExCup Playoffs. He said he is hopeful to return sometime in early 2016.
February 2015: A fog delay and dipping temperatures at Torrey Pines led to Woods' back tightening up during the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open. He withdrew after 11 holes.
March 2014: Woods struggled through his first three starts of the season before being forced to undergo microdiscectomy surgery on his back. He missed nearly four months and would later call the injury the most difficult he has ever had to overcome.
June 2013: After tying for 32nd at the U.S. Open, Woods missed his AT&T National due to a left elbow strain before returning at The Open Championship.
March 2012: Citing an injury to his left Achilles' tendon, Woods withdrew from the WGC-Cadillac Championship, limping off the course after 12 holes during the final round. He returned two weeks later to win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
May 2011: Making his first start since suffering a left knee and Achilles’ injury during the final round of the Masters a month earlier, Woods withdrew from THE PLAYERS Championship after just nine holes. He was later diagnosed with a sprain of the MCL ligament in his left knee and a strain to the left Achilles' tendon. He missed three months, including the U.S. Open and The Open Championship, before returning to action at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August.
April 2011: Woods suffered an injury to his left knee and Achilles’ tendon during the final round of the Masters and later missed the Wells Fargo Championship as a result.
May 2010: Woods withdrew from the final round of THE PLAYERS due to an inflamed facet joint in his neck. He didn’t miss a start, however, and tied for 19th at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.
June 2008: After winning the U.S. Open on a broken leg at Torrey Pines, Woods underwent season-ending reconstructive surgery on the ACL in his left knee.
April 2008: Following a runner-up finish at the Masters, Woods underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage to his left knee.
December 2002: Woods underwent surgery to remove fluid from around the ACL in his left knee. Woods was out a few weeks before returning to win at the Farmers Insurance Open in his first start of 2003.