Tiger Woods has undergone a microdiscectomy to alleviate nerve ache in his decrease again and won’t compete in subsequent week’s Farmers Insurance coverage Open or the Genesis Invitational subsequent month.
An announcement got here by way of Woods’ Twitter account that he had “lately undergone a microdiscectomy process to take away a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching his nerve after experiencing discomfort following the PNC Championship.”
The assertion didn’t say when the process passed off, however Woods’ buddy Notah Begay mentioned Tuesday evening on Golf Channel that the golfer was hitting balls earlier.
“I simply exchanged textual content messages with him 15 minutes in the past,” Begay mentioned. “And he was hitting golf balls.” Begay went on to say that Woods wasn’t “ripping drivers” however that he was taking straightforward swings.
When the process passed off and the way far alongside Woods is in his restoration will decide when he can return. Past the Genesis occasion, Woods might need been anticipated to play the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Gamers Championship and the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play Championship previous to the Masters, which begins on April 8.
Woods is not any stranger to the process. He beforehand had it performed 3 times — as soon as within the spring of 2014 and twice within the fall of 2015. He ultimately had a extra critical operation referred to as a spinal fusion in April 2017 that stored him from swinging a golf membership for six months.
He returned from that surgical procedure in 2018 and went on to win the Tour Championship that yr, adopted by the Masters in 2019 and the Zozo Championship later that yr.
Woods, 45, struggled for many of 2020 and at instances complained about again stiffness and soreness.
Begay advised Golfweek that he observed that Woods’ swing pace had decreased to about 115 mph final yr.
“It was like the primary time in 30 years that he swung that gradual,” Begay mentioned. “And that was resulting from a variety of components. Previous age was considered one of them. However having nerve ache in your physique goes to forestall you into placing every thing you may into the swing. This surgical procedure relieved a variety of discomfort.”
After tying for ninth on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open a yr in the past, Woods by no means got here near contending within the eight tournaments he performed the remainder of the yr. He completed in a tie for 38th on the Masters in November.
The PNC Championship is the 36-hole occasion he performed final month along with his 11-year-old son, Charlie.
“I sit up for start coaching and getting again out on Tour,” Woods mentioned within the assertion, which additionally acknowledged he wouldn’t compete in both of the 2 tournaments in California he was anticipated to play.
When Woods had his first microdiscectomy process on March 31, 2014, he returned to competitors in June of that yr, though many believed it was too quickly. He had the process once more in September 2015 after which a 3rd time six weeks later.