Published: Wed, January 20, 2021
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Tiger Woods facing another spell out after further back surgery

Tiger Woods facing another spell out after further back surgery

The former world number one and 15-time major victor confirmed he received a microdiscectomy procedure in a short statement released via his Twitter account, with discomfort experienced during the PNC Championship in December bringing about the intervention.

This operation is the fifth Woods has had in the last six years - some of which have threatened to end his glittering career.

Woods said: 'I look forward to beginning training and am focused on getting back out on tour'.

While Woods's medical team deemed his microdiscectomy to have been a success and "expect him to make a full recovery", per his social media announcement, he is bowing out of two California events at which he has been a fixture over the years: January's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and February's Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club.

The year Woods last won at Torrey Pines is when back problems began to surface.

Woods also missed the 2017 Genesis Invitational with back spasms and even skipped his annual press conference that week after his doctors advised him to "just stay horizontal", his manager Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management said at the time.

In October 2019, Woods won the Zozo Championship in Japan for his 82nd US PGA Tour title, matching the all-time record won by Sam Snead.

Woods last competed at a Tour-level competition at the Masters in November and at the time he revealed the difficulties of keeping his body in shape.

"It's going to happen more times than not", he said.

He began experiencing discomfort during the recent PNC Championship, where he played alongside his son, Charlie.

"Granted, I'm a lot older now, so things change, they evolve". Though he won't be able to play in the event, Woods plans to serve as its host.

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