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Tiger Woods Is Expected to Make a Complete Recovery after Undergoing Back Surgery

Junie Sihlangu
Jan 20, 2021
04:30 A.M.

Professional Golfer Tiger Woods has had back problems for the past couple of years. This week the star confessed that he had back surgery again, according to an update shared on his social media account.


Tiger Woods, 45, has had a total of ten surgeries in his lifetime. When he won the tournament at Torrey Pines, that’s when his back problems started becoming a lifelong issue for the star.

Just before the 2014 Masters, the professional golfer had his very first microdiscectomy or back surgery. In September and October 2015, the star had to undergo two more surgeries for the same issue.

Tiger Woods at the 18th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge on December 4, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas | Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Tiger Woods at the 18th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge on December 4, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas | Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images


Woods had his most significant surgery in April 2017 when doctors had to fuse his lower spine. After being out of the game for a while, the star made his comeback to win the 2018 Tour Championship.

In 2019, he also won the Masters, making it his fifteenth major and the first one in eleven years. That same year, he also took home the Zozo Championship in the fall at the Japan tournament.


However, last year, he didn’t contend seriously and even lost a month due to minor back issues. This all occurred before golf was shut down because of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In July 2020, he returned to the sport but only managed to finish in a 37th spot tie at the PGA Championship. At the time, Woods had played in seven tournaments and only made the cut in six of them.


So far, the professional golfer has had five surgeries on his left knee and another four on his back. On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, the star’s Twitter account revealed he’d suffered another setback.

Taking to Twitter, Tiger Woods shared a statement from his TGR Foundation about his surgery.

Woods had his fifth back surgery, which will keep him from starting the year until after the West Coast Swing on the PGA Tour. He’s set to miss next week’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.


The star will also miss The Genesis Invitational held from February 18 to 21 at Riviera but will serve as its host. Taking to Twitter, the golfer shared a statement from his TGR Foundation about his surgery.

The statement revealed he’d had microdiscectomy surgery. The procedure was done to remove a pressurized disc fragment that gave the player nerve pain after the PNC Championship last month.

According to the statement, his doctors were successful with the surgery, and he’s expected to “make a full recovery.” Quoting Woods in the announcement, the star gave his fans hope by stating:

“I look forward to begin training and am focused on getting back out on tour.”

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