Tiger Woods undergoes a fifth back operation as he plots another comeback

Tanya Simon
January 22, 2021

Woods and Sam Snead are tied with 82 career wins, the most in PGA TOUR history.

The year's other majors include the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in May, the US Open in June at Torrey Pines - where Woods won the 2008 US Open - and the British Open in July at Royal St. George's.

The 15-time major victor is expected to make a "full recovery" - after an operation to remove a pressurised disc fragment. There is a World Golf Championships event the week after Riviera, now scheduled for Concession Golf Club outside Tampa, Florida, before stops at the Arnold Palmer Invitational (March 4-7) and The Players Championship (March 11-14).

Woods is hopeful he can return for The Masters in April.

Woods' doctors say the surgery was a success and he's expected to make a full recovery.

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But the news that Woods will miss at least a few months after a microdiscectomy procedure to his back is a shock only to two groups of people: Those who never fully appreciated the remarkable scope of his comeback in the first place, and those who have not listened to the man speak over the past three years. But he was never in serious contention all of past year and missed a full month with a minor back issue before golf was shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thomas apologised for using a derogatory word towards himself, which was picked up on TV, during January's Tournament of Champions. Although fog delayed play by three hours, resulting in half the field being unable to finish, McIlroy shot an 8-under-par 64 to take the clubhouse lead.

With a chance to defend his Masters title and get major No. 16, Woods started well with a round of 68 but faded after that and was out of contention by the final round.

"My body just has moments where it just doesn't work like it used to", he said in November.

"Although they are far from brushing it to the side just like I am, they understand that this is an opportunity for me to educate myself, grow and become a better person". Yes, it is more hard than others to be motivated at times. "I think he'll be just fine". In 2019, Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a neck strain, casting some doubt on whether he would be healthy for the Masters, which he eventually won. Woods still plans to be at Riviera as the tournament host. At age 43, he was the second-oldest green jacket victor, three years younger than Jack Nicklaus when he won the 1986 Masters.

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