With Tiger Woods’ unexpected announcement late Friday that he underwent a second micro-discectomy surgery Wednesday and expects to be away from competitive golf until sometime in early 2016, the immediate question is what this means to his career?
It means Woods will be 40 when he plays his next PGA Tour event and it will have been more than 2 1/2 years and two back surgeries since his last victory.
It also means the progress he made in late summer toward regaining his playing form will be set back substantially, further dampening the possibility of him catching and/or breaking career victory records set by Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus.
“This is certainly disappointing but I am a fighter,” Woods said in a statement released late Friday. “I’ve been told I can make a full recovery and I have no doubt I will.”
Just had successful back surgery. I’ve come back from injuries before and I will again. http://t.co/jZeL6By5EY
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) September 18, 2015
Woods had planned to play several fall events including the Frys.com Open, the Bridgestone Americas Golf Cup in Mexico City and the Hero World Challenge that he will host in the Bahamas in December. He expects to return to competition early next year though it’s uncertain when.
Woods felt occasional discomfort playing, particularly in his last start at the Wyndham Championship. After an examination determined the cause of the pain, Woods elected to have a second surgery performed by Dr. Charles Rich in Park City, Utah, the same doctor who performed his first surgery in 2014.