Another back surgery on the greatest golfer of our generation casts further doubts on the future career of Tiger Woods. Tiger underwent the operation on Wednesday with the intention of alleviating his pain and spasms. He is expected to be out for 6 months but hopes to make a full recovery. Tiger believes that this operation will be able to return him to competitive golf. This is Tiger’s fourth major back operation since March of 2014.
Woods was last spotted in public on Tuesday hitting a few practice shots at his new course design announcement in Missouri. After saying his back was progressing, Woods went under the knife the following day.
Four back surgeries in four years does not sound good, and it sounds even worse for a 41 year old with a history of medical issues. I am finally convinced that Tiger will not give up on playing competitive golf. Any normal person would have given up a long time ago, but Tiger is not just any normal person. I believe Woods will keep attempting comebacks until they are seriously detrimental to his health (not that they aren’t already doing damage).
Tiger has not competed in a major since the 2015 PGA and was last on the course in February in Dubai. In 6 months time, we will be in the month October, which is the start of the 2018 season. I suspect we could see a return sometime in December, most likely for the Hero World Challenge (Again). Tiger will miss all four majors for the second straight year. Hopefully this attempt at a comeback goes smoother…