4th back operation for Tiger Woods

2008 US Open , Torrey Pines (CA)

One day after saying his back was progressing, Tiger Woods had a fourth back operation to alleviate pain and will go through another year without playing a major tournament. “The surgery went well, and I’m optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain,” Woods said. “When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long.”

Woods, 41, first had back surgery a week before the 2014 Masters. He sat out three months at the end of 2014 to let his body fully heal. But after a 2015 season in which he missed the cut in three majors, he had a back surgery in September and another one in October.

He then went 15 months without competition before returning in December at his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where he made 24 birdies in 72 holes and swung freely. The world of Golf was relieved…

Then he missed the cut at Torrey Pines in January, and withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on last February after opening with a 77, citing back spasms. And now he has gone through a fourth surgery.

Questions about Woods, a 14-time major champion, could have now shifted from if he will win another major to if he will play another major. AP