Tiger Woods undergoes fourth back surgery and will miss six months of action

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American professional golfer Tiger Woods has undergone yet another surgery in order to cure the back injury that has been troubling him for the last two seasons.

Woods has already had three surgeries regarding the same problem in the past 19 months, and after having his latest operation, the 14-time Major champion is set to be sidelined for the next six months at the very least.

However, he insists the surgery that was conducted at the Texas Back Institute on Thursday was successful, hoping to make a swift return to competitive golf in the latter part of this year.

Doctors confirmed that a damaged disc was removed to ease the pain on a nerve on his back and he will have to take extreme care during his rehabilitation period in order to make a full recovery before even contemplating going back to the golf course.

Speaking on the issue, Sky Sports quoted the 41-year-old saying: “The surgery went well, and I'm optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain.

“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.”

Currently ranked 788 in the world, Woods has been able to make only three worldwide starts in the past 20 months due to the ongoing injury issues, which also forced him to withdraw from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February.

Asked when he is planning to be back, the former world number one notified the media earlier this week that he has not zeroed upon a fixed date, but will follow the medical experts’ advice to return to normal state of health.

He is likely to miss the upcoming US Open, Open Championship, and US PGA in the summer, and also pulled out of the Masters tournament this month where he has competed once since 2014 despite being a four-time winner of the event.

Dr. Richard Guyer of the Center for Disc Replacement performed the surgery, and said: “After he recovers from surgery, he will gradually begin his rehabilitation until he is completely healed.

“Once that's accomplished, his workouts will be geared to allowing him to return to competitive golf.”

One of the greatest exponents of the game, Woods is aiming to be back to his absolute best form in the coming months as the world eagerly awaits for a sensational comeback of a true champion of the sport.

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