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Tiger Woods Update: “I want to play professional golf again”



In a blog post on his website on Wednesday, Tiger Woods said he “unequivocally” wants to play professional golf again following his spinal fusion surgery, and that he hasn’t “felt this good in years.”

In April, Woods surprised the world by announcing a fourth back surgery, except this time instead of a minimally-invasive surgery like the previous three, it was a spinal fusion. “You mention the word ‘fusion,’ and it’s scary,” Woods admits in his recent blog post.

But judging by his sentiments on Wednesday, the surgery was successful and his outlook is positive — not only for his well-being but in terms of getting back to competition.

“As for returning to competitive golf, the long-term prognosis is positive,” Tiger writes. “My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. It’s just a matter of not screwing up and letting it fuse. I’m walking and doing my exercises, and taking my kids to and from school. All I can do is take it day by day. There’s no hurry.

“But, I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.

“Presently, I’m not looking ahead. I can’t twist for another two and a half to three months. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals.”

Woods has no timeline for when he will tee it up again, but he does “like Golden State to win the NBA Championship.” It’s good to hear Woods is on the road to recovery and in good spirits.

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  1. harley

    May 26, 2017 at 6:15 pm


  2. JThunder

    May 26, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    The problem with Tiger’s lap-dog fanbase is that they – especially those in front of cameras – distract from so much of what is ACTUALLY going on in golf. There is so much happening, so many great players to watch, but the ominous cloud of “when will Tiger return, ‘move the needle’ and save us all” hangs like so many other media-hyped absolutist platitudes. Tiger is closer to flat-lining than moving the needle – career-wise – whether you love him, hate him, or don’t care about him.

    • Missing the Point

      May 26, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      You cant refer to a “lap-dog” fanbase in a post suggesting that he doesn’t “move the needle”. That’s completely incongruous.

  3. Darrin

    May 26, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Even if it does heal properly, the ability to practice enough to compete at a high level, not to mention, travel, practice rounds, pro-AM’s more practice and then (hopefully) 4 rounds of golf……
    I just don’t see it happening, playing tour golf is hard on the body, but after spinal fusion, I just don’t think it’s possible to get your game in shape and maintain it.

  4. Darryl

    May 26, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Isn’t this just his monthly “I’m still here” message for his sponsors/backers/fans. Just keeping the brand in the spotlight. I don’t think he’ll play at the very top level again. If it wasn’t Tiger, surely the surgeon would be telling him to keep flexible, avoid unnecessary heavy lifting and rest up whenever possible? The problem for top level professional sports people these days is the rewards are so vast and, yes, the egos so expansive, that there is pressure on all sides to get them healthy *enough* to carry on.

    I’m not an orthopedic surgeon, nor do I play one on TV, but surely if he was to go through this cycle of play-strain-surgery-rehab again, he must be running the risk of compromising his mobility later in life? I was also wondering, given the inexplicable short game woes that beset him during his last couple of comebacks, could that be symptomatic of accumulative damage from numerous surgeries on the spine, causing problems with sensation and brain/muscle communication? It wouldn’t cause too many apparent issues at full speed, but on slow swing finesse shots it might be different. Again, I’m not a medical professional.

    I understand his desire, but I think it’s a case of the spirit being willing, but the flesh (or the bone) being just too spongy and bruised to continue.

    • Surgeon

      May 26, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Your theory on his short game woes definitely confirms that you aren’t a surgeon.

  5. Gary Player

    May 25, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Give me my putter back!

  6. square

    May 25, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Take your time, come back when you have a chance to make a real come back. I would love to watch another run. Good luck!

  7. Desmond

    May 25, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    From Mayo Clinic – does not sound encouraging at the end : Spinal fusion is surgery to permanently connect two or more vertebrae in your spine, eliminating motion between them.

    Spinal fusion involves techniques designed to mimic the normal healing process of broken bones. During spinal fusion, your surgeon places bone or a bonelike material within the space between two spinal vertebrae. Metal plates, screws and rods may be used to hold the vertebrae together, so they can heal into one solid unit.

    Because spinal fusion surgery immobilizes parts of your spine, it changes the way your spine can move. This places additional stress and strain on the vertebrae above and below the fused portion, and may increase the rate at which those areas of your spine degenerate.

  8. AceW7Iron

    May 25, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    I was berated 5 years ago when I saw the writing on the wall and posted it in a blog but the truth is there for all who want to take the red pill…Jack has as much a chance of winning a PGA event as TW going forward. Its not “only” that his spine is a fragile string pieced together with duct tape…Its the alarming speed at which his short game abandoned him. If he had never shown the chipping/putting yips the % would be greater of at least competing again but with that out in the open? Not happening…

  9. Devilsadvocate

    May 25, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Lol when you hate tiger SO MUCH you don’t believe anyone else could actually be a fan. Tiger played the best golf that was ever played! You don’t think MAYBE he might still have a few fans?

    • JThunder

      May 26, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Jack Nicklaus still has a lot of fans. But he’s not going to win a PGA Tour event again because of it.

  10. Devilsadvocate

    May 25, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Lol when your hatred for TW is so strong you don’t believe his fans exist… Tiger Woods played the best golf anyone has ever played… MAYBE not everyone is as full of hatred as you are buddy

    • Tiger Woods

      May 25, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Now back to talking about me. I have to stay relevant.

  11. Bobbyeggroll

    May 24, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Just needs some reps after he activates his glutes and he MAY make a cut! Tiger is still Tiger and many will watch. I hate the guy and even I watch!!

  12. ooffa

    May 24, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Ya, I want to play professional golf also. We both have the same chance. None!

  13. new stuff!!

    May 24, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    so many Debbie Downers.
    go pregame to slow jamz, eat seafood in Oklahoma, mix camo,
    get spinal fusion, let it fuse, take your kids to school, rehab up.
    you do you.

    • Huh?

      May 25, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Can someone please translate this for me?

      • LIHacker

        May 25, 2017 at 1:44 pm

        Strong am I with the Force, but not that strong – yoda

  14. Tazz2293

    May 24, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Sorry Eldrick. You may play again at great risk to your health and life going forward but you will never be “Tiger” again.

    Relax, live life, enjoy your weekday rounds with friends. There is more to life than golf. You no longer need the money, nor can you compete with the young guys anymore.

    Go enjoy life dude.

  15. Phil

    May 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Whatever Tiger says, do the opposite.

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5 things we learned on Sunday of the 2018 U.S. Open



Opportunity knocked for so many golfers, yet it was the 2017 champion who seized the moment when it was his. Brooks Koepka fired his second sub-par round of the week on Sunday to separate from playing partner Dustin Johnson, and enter the pantheon of multiple major champions. He became the 7th player to defend his title, joining old-school legends like Willie Anderson and John McDermott, mid-century icons like Ralph Guldahl and Ben Hogan, and the last man to accomplish the feat, Curtis Strange. With that introduction, let’s move to the main event, the 5 things we learned on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

5) The USGA gave golf a chance

True to its word, the USGA pulled out all the stops in the wee hours of Sunday morn. The course set-up team ensured that enough water was distributed to putting surfaces, that worthy shots would not be punished. Hole locations were assessed and confirmed, also ensuring that multiple opportunities for success were available. As a result, 15 golfers turned in scores under par of 70, highlighted by Tommy Fleetwood’s 7-under stunner. Although many fans, writers and players were quick to assault the organizers for losing control of the course, the USGA reminded us that it always had control of the conditions at Shinny, and that its only mistake was to soar too close to the sun.

4) Captain America ran out of gas

If Patrick Reed had been able to sign his card on the 9th tee, when he stood 5-under on the day and 1-over for the tournament, he would be in a playoff with the eventual champion as I type. Unfortunate for this year’s Masters champion was that 10 holes remained. Reed promptly bogeyed the 9th, added 3 more bogeys on the inward half, and summoned just one birdie toward the end. His fourth-place finish was his best in a U.S. Open, but knowing that victory was in the cards will sting for a while.

3) DJ and Finau gave it a run

Where to begin? How about this: DJ had four bogeys on Sunday. He totaled that many on Thursday-Friday combined. He had birdies, too, but couldn’t find the game that possessed him over the opening 36 holes. Oddly enough, this type of experience won’t be a setback for the 2016 champion. After all, he came back from a career-killer in 2015, when he 3-whacked his way out of a playoff with Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. As for Milton Pouhau Finau, aka Tony, the Utah native had never before been in the final group on any day of a major professional championship. He acquitted himself well, standing even on the day and 3-over for T2 at the 18th tee. Knowing that he needed eagle for a playoff might have taken the final winds from his sails, and he limped home with double bogey and solo third. Looking ahead to the final August playing of the PGA Championship, Bellerive near St. Louis might just be his type of course.

2) Tom Terrific nearly made his own U.S. Open history

I’ll write this cautiously, as I’m certain I would have intimated in the 1980s and 90s that Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood would have been major champions by now. Tommy Fleetwood ought to win one of these things soon. His record-tying 63 was a short putt away from a record-breaking 62. Eight birdies against a single bogey was the stuff of legend, and if only he had trusted that final putt a bit higher on the break … that’s not fair. Fleetwood right now is the fellow to watch at Carnoustie next month. Bet a few quid or bob or whatever on the Southport native, as he should contend for the title.

1) Brooks cooks up a winning broth

It’s easy to look back and see all the great shots that the defending champion hit over the four days of the 2018 U.S. Open, shots that would win him his second consecutive trophy. Remember that 60-feet bomb to save par on Saturday? Shades of Costantino Rocca. How about the approach shots to within mere feet that earned him 5 birdies on Sunday, including a competition-killer on 16? Koepka was the guy we thought Dustin Johnson would be. Perhaps it was the time off for wrist rehabilitation early this season that gave him the burning desire to win. Out for nearly 4 months, Koepka had plenty of time to ponder what he achieved last June in Wisconsin, and what might lay ahead for him. The begged question is, does the most recent, two-time major winner have the game to acquire more of the game’s cherished trophies?

Related: Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB from the 2018 U.S. Open

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills



GolfWRX is live from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (par 70; 7,440 yards) in Southhampton, New York. The U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock for the first time since 2004 when Retief Goosen won (he failed to qualify for the 2018 event).


Phil Mickelson, who has two top-5 finishes at Shinnecock Hills, will seek to fill out his career Grand Slam with a win this week. Also, it’s Tiger Woods’ 10-year anniversary of winning the legendary 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines — that was his most recent major championship victory.

Also in the field are headliners Dustin Johnson (now ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings), Justin Thomas (No. 2), Justin Rose (No. 3), Jon Rahm (No. 4) and Jordan Spieth (No. 5).

Brooks Koepka (No. 9) is the defending champion; he won last year by four shots for his first and only major so far in his career.

Check out our photos from Shinnecock Hills below!

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Spotted at Shinnecock: #RVLife, superb staff bags, stellar stampings



We’re on the famed grounds of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for the second major of the year. With the U.S. Open returned to such a visually and historically rich venue, it may be a bit tough to focus on equipment.

Nevertheless, we spotted some cool stuff, Tuesday, as the players move ever closer to the second major of th eyear.

Let’s get to the photos.

#RVLife propronent, Jason Day’s putter cover is incredible.

Michael Greller displays an essential caddie skill…

Face of Tiger’s wedge. Do these look like standard TaylorMade MG grooves to you?

Greatest side panel on a bag ever?

Who isn’t happy to see “Woods” on USGA tournament signage?

Shintaro Ban’s unique dot stamping is, well, money.

A look at the Bridgestone U.S. Open staff bag and headcovers.

Kenny Perry: Still gaming R7 irons.

Scott Gregory with some solid wedge stamping.

What is this lead taped and war torn beauty?

All our photos from Tuesday

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