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Yet another back surgery for Tiger Woods

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Bad news, Tiger fans. According to a statement on the golfer’s website, Tiger Woods underwent a “successful follow-up procedure to his September back surgery.”

For Woods, it’s his third back surgery in the last year and a half. And the procedure was performed by the same Park City, Utah neurosurgeon as his previous two — Dr. Charles Rich.

“It’s one of those things that had to be done. I have an outstanding team of doctors, and I’ll be back as soon as I can,” Woods said in the statement, which also indicated he’ll be in attendance at his Hero World Challenge in December.

Woods added: “My family and the fans’ concern and support have helped a lot. I’ll be back, and I’ll be ready to compete.”

Exactly when, however, remains unclear, as Woods presently has no timetable for a return, according to his website.

The former world No. 1 had his first microdiscectomy surgery in March of 2014 and the second procedure in mid-September to address lingering issues.

As ESPN’s Jason Sobel aptly stated in his report on the matter: “Any short-term optimism took a severe turn with this latest news.”

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  1. Steve

    Nov 1, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Golf needs Tiger, it is shrinking and it needs someone to draw interest again. The Pga tour as far as talent goes is fine. But Rory, Jordan and the rest are just boring to watch. Without Tiger or Phil sponsorship will slow down and ratings will go even lower then they are now

  2. Palo Alto Perv

    Oct 31, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Bah…old timers were not 240 yard short knock chumps, I’ve watched Mickey Wright bang her drives 300+ on the regular at Stanford Golf Course back in the day. Persimmons and balata. Sam Snead averaged 270-280 back in the 1950s.

  3. KoreanSlumLord

    Oct 31, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Sam Snead had a back injury from playing football- that is why he played golf. Never a golf injury. Hogan near life ending accident caused left side damage again not from golf.
    Sam Snead averaged in the 270s in the 50’s. Mickey Wright having the best swing according to Hogan often drove the ball 300 yards in the 60s.

  4. Brian

    Oct 31, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I’m most concerned by the tone of ‘we went back in there’ after the 2nd surgery.

    Speculative, but he might have had a fusion operation in September, and this latest procedure was to remove the electro-stimulater that they insert temporarily to speed up the bone growth. I know a few guys who’ve had fusions, and while they walk OK, they don’t sports anymore.

    I’m not sure if he still has a golf career, at this point.

  5. KoreanSlumLord

    Oct 31, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Why didn’t the old timers like Sam Snead, Billy Casper, Ben Hogan, etc have golf related injuries? I have to think possibly swing mechanics from 80’s to today have something to do with back injuries etc. X-factor messed up lots of guys in Korea I recall. I dunno just don’t understand…not like these old guys are short knockers they were mashing it 280-300 with persimmons!

  6. TigerzDunzo

    Oct 31, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Tiger is done….good riddance. The quicker we can move on the better. The new generation of Speith, Rory, Fowler…..they make golf FAR more interesting than someone whupping a weak field of Ernie, YE Yang and Vijay. Adios Baldrick……we’ll miss ya and your surly, entitled, gods gift to us, non autograph signing rear end. NOT.

    • Gyrglfr

      Nov 1, 2015 at 12:23 am

      LOL…… you’re a liar….you clicked to read…..means you as interested in tiger as everyone else is….good/bad/indifferent

  7. michael

    Oct 31, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Sad to hear that he needed another surgery. Those take a toll on you and at his age he might want to change his swing in the sense of being more smooth rather than just mashing it all of the time. He needs to take care of himself for the long term not just for golf either. I have had back problems and knee problems in the last 5 years and it take some doing but you have to take care of your body so that you will be able to do the things that you want to do when you get older. I am 50 but I still want to be able to enjoy things when I get in my 60s and 70s. So I try to take care of myself now.

  8. Glof

    Oct 31, 2015 at 8:23 am

    so much money. so much crappy team around….

  9. David

    Oct 31, 2015 at 7:10 am

    People will troll comment this article to feed their own insecurities and refuse to look at the fact that Tiger changed the face of golf.
    Will he win another major? How many more majors will he win? Will he even win another tournament again? Is Tiger done? Whats wrong with his swing? These are the some of the questions that people now talk about when discussing Tiger. This only proves that he changed the game for how we see it today. Greatness in talent like his is rare in not just golf, but in any sport. We all miss those Sunday afternoons when we had a chance to witness something special…something that may we may never see again. Without greatness on Sunday we all look for answers for what is missing.
    Does it really matter what Tiger does from here on out? He set the bar so high for the younger generation that maybe, just maybe, Sunday greatness will return again.

    You can troll this comment and everything you say about it will be right. In your little word of insecurity you will always be right.

    • Slammer

      Oct 31, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Sam Snead played into his 60s without any trouble with the old equipment, no nutritionists, no trainers, none of the so-called modern day comforts nor technologies and certainly no doctors and surgeons with high-tech equipment scrutinizing every little bruise, and using old heavy wood and steal equipment with rubber, wound, and balata balls on imperfect courses with imperfect greens. Took days to get across the country let alone across the pond to the UK. Shot his age numerous times in his 70s. Never had any serious injuries. He set the bar highest for how golf could be played, for LIFE. Eldrick can chase that as much as he wants, but will never achieve it. Done and dusted.

  10. M

    Oct 31, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Nothing to see here, move on

    • prime21

      Oct 31, 2015 at 6:29 am

      Then why’d you read the article AND take the time to comment? Oh yeah, because it’s open season for Trolls.

  11. KK

    Oct 31, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Tiger seems to have overtaken Kobe in major injuries and missed time. And he’s 2 years older than Kobe who is all but done. Granted, golf is not basketball. However, golf has become an extremely athletic sport in the past 15 years. Perhaps it’s time we bury the Tiger we once knew and loved and move on.

  12. gvogel

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Golf is in a pretty good place. If Tiger doesn’t play until the end of 2016, it won’t matter much. He wasn’t competitive in 2015.

    there are a handful of young guys who are playing really well at the moment.

  13. dan360

    Oct 30, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    As someone who had a similar procedure performed by Dr. Robert Masson who I believe to be as talented if not moreso than Dr. Rich, my mere mortal advice to Mr. Woods is take all the time you need plus more to regain as close to normal life post surgeries as possible. Minimally invasive is still a major surgery when the spinal cord is involved. 100% recovery is never possible but best wishes to reach the 95-99th percentile. Take care of yourself. Golf can wait. You have achieved more than any human could ever dream of and when you playfully lift your grandchildren over your head you will appreciate taking the time today.
    Sincerely,
    Dan C.
    Olympia, WA

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