Tiger Woods recovering from back surgery, hopes for Masters return
February 21, 2021
By The Associated Press
- February 21, 2021
Tiger Woods’ interview from Round 4 at Genesis
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiger Woods says he's doesn't know when he will return from a fifth back surgery, and he could not give a definitive answer Sunday when asked if he would be at the Masters.
“God, I hope so,” Woods on the CBS broadcast of The Genesis Invitational.
Woods, at Riviera to hand out the trophy as the tournament host, had a microdiscectomy Dec. 23. It was the fifth surgery on his back, and the first since a procedure to fuse his lower spine in April 2017.
“I'm feeling fine,” Woods said. “I'm a little bit stiff. I have one more MRI scheduled so that we'll see if the annulus (fibrosus) is scarred over finally and see if I can start doing more activities. But still in the gym, still doing the mundane stuff that you have to do for rehab, the little things before I can start gravitating towards something a little more."
Woods has not played since he joined 11-year-old Charlie at the PNC Challenge a few days before his surgery.
“I don't know what the plan is,” he said when asked if he would try to play before the Masters.