Tiger Woods sidelined after fifth back surgery

Tiger Woods has undergone surgery on his back to remove a pressurised disc fragment and will miss the Farmers Insurance Open later this month and the Genesis Invitational in February.

The 15-time major winner’s fifth back operation was brought on following discomfort he sustained during the PNC Championship in December.

A statement published on Woods’s social media channel read: “Tiger has recently undergone a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurised disc fragment that was pinching his nerve after experiencing discomfort following the PNC Championship. His doctors and their team have determined it to be successful and expect him to make a full recovery.”

Woods said: “I look forward to beginning training and am focused on getting back out on tour.”

Woods finished seventh at the PNC Championship, where he competed alongside his 11-year-old son Charlie. He last underwent surgery on his back – a spinal fusion operation – in 2017. Following the surgery, Woods went on to win three times on the PGA Tour, including the 2019 Masters. But his participation in this year’s major at Augusta is in some doubt with the tournament taking place from April 8.