Tiger Woods will not play golf again in 2015, after undergoing back surgery for the second time in two years. The process, a microdiscectomy, is the same as the one he underwent in March 2014, to remove a small disc fragment that was pinching his nerve.
The surgery took place in Utah last Wednesday and Woods was discharged from hospital the next day.
With golf entering its off-season and no further majors to be played this year, Woods will miss a number of minor tournaments and therefore the opportunity to rediscover some badly needed form. The 14-time major winner is expected to return to the PGA tour in early 2016.
In a statement on his website Woods said: “This is certainly disappointing but I’m a fighter. I’ve been told I can make a full recovery and I have no doubt that I will.”
Woods has struggled for form recently. He has failed to make the cut in four of his last five majors and last won one, the US Open, seven years ago.
This article was written by Guardian sport, for theguardian.com on Saturday 19th September 2015 00.45 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010