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Tiger Woods has fifth return surgery

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The immediate future of gambling Tiger woods is in the air, after confirmation, the 45-year-old has undergone back surgery for the fifth time.

According to a statement released by the 15-time major champion, he underwent a microdiscectomy to remove a fragment of a pressurized disc that was pinching a nerve.

He started to feel uncomfortable during the recent PNC Championship, where he performed alongside his son, Charlie.

Woods’ doctors say the operation was successful and he is expected to make a full recovery.

“I can’t wait to start training and I’m focused on getting back to the Tour,” said Woods.

That means he will at least miss the Farmers Insurance Open, an event he has won a record seven times, and the Genesis Invitational, where he also hosts the tournament.

The first of this year’s major championships, the Masters, is due to start on April 8. Woods has won this tournament five times, one short of Jack Nicklaus ‘all-time record, when it takes him three major titles to equal Nicklaus’ career record. out of 18.

This is the fifth operation Woods has had on his back, but the first since undergoing spinal fusion surgery in 2017. He had previously undergone microdiscectomy three times in 2014-2015. He also underwent five operations on his left knee.

Woods struggled with his back throughout 2020, playing just nine events for the year and falling to 44th in the world rankings. His best result in the seven post-COVID events he attended was the 37th at the Memorial Tournament in July, as he missed a number of tournaments he traditionally plays, such as the Arnold Palmer Invitational, that he won eight times, and the prestigious Players Championship. .

Woods hasn’t won on tour since late 2019, when he was victorious at the ZOZO Championship, his 82nd victory, tying the record set by Sam Snead.

“My body just has times when it just doesn’t work the way it used to,” Woods said in November.

“No matter how hard I try, things just don’t work the way they used to, no matter how much I push and ask this body, sometimes it doesn’t work.

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