TIGER Woods won’t play again until next year after announcing that he has undergone back surgery for the second time in 18 months.
The microdiscectomy surgery was performed on Wednesday in Utah by Dr Charles Rich, who also carried out the initial operation in March 2014.
“With the upcoming off-season, the decision was made to remove a small disc fragment that was pinching his nerve,” said Dr Rich. “The microsurgery was a complete success, and he was discharged Thursday night.”
Woods was due to play in the Frys.com Open, Bridgestone America’s Golf Cup in Mexico City and the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas between now and the end of the year.
“This is certainly disappointing, but I’m a fighter,” said the 14-times major winner. “I’ve been told I can make a full recovery, and I have no doubt that I will.
“This is unfortunate, but these things happen. I’ve been injured before and played again. It won’t be any different this time.”