Tiger Woods pushes back start to 2021 after op

Tiger Woods pushes back start to 2021 after op

Woods is no stranger to back issues.

Tiger Woods has undergone back surgery and will not compete in the next two tournaments at Torrey Pines or Riviera.

Woods, 45, had a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching a nerve in his back.

"I look forward to begin training and am focused on getting back out on tour", Woods said in a statement.

It's the fifth time Woods has required surgery on his troublesome back, and the first since he underwent a spinal fusion operation in 2017.

Following his last microdiscectomy in 2017, Woods won the '18 Tour Championship and '19 Masters (his 15th major championship). Woods even missed the cut at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot this past September.

He will not play in the Farmers Insurance Open or Genesis Invitational as originally planned, but will still be the Tournament Host for the Genesis.

He then won the Zozo Championship to equal Sam Snead's record of 82 wins on the PGA Tour. But he was never in serious contention all of previous year and missed a full month with a minor back issue before golf was shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. He finished tied for 38th at The Masters in November.

"No matter how hard I try, things just don't work the way they used to, and no matter how much I push and ask of this body, it just doesn't work at times".

The last time we saw Tiger Woods he was largely playing the role of doting father at December's PNC Championship.

"It's going to happen more times than not", he said. Fatigue and old age have limited the number of tournaments for which Tiger Woods schedules himself, and he has underwhelmed in recent major championship events.

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