TIGER WOODS HAS 4TH BACK SURGERY

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Tiger Woods on Thursday announced through his website that he has undergone his fourth back surgery.

The recovery time from this surgery is at least six months. As a result Woods is done from tournament golf through at least the end of October and now probably longer.

While it’s not 100 percent, it’s unlikely Woods will be seen on a golf course again in 2017.

The announcement of his fourth back surgery, is coupled with his four knee surgeries that he and his camp have reported. There are some unconfirmed reports that Woods has undergone as many as eight knee surgeries. The four back surgeries have come since April of 2014, which equals four surgeries in three years.

The Woods camp and the doctor performing the surgery, Dr. Richard Guyer of the Texas Back Institute called the surgery “successful”. However the other three surgeries, were all deemed successful as well.

“The surgery went well, and I’m optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain,” said Woods, on his website. “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 for so long.”

Woods agent, Mark Steinberg called the past operations a “band-aid approach” to the problem. Steinberg said that Woods “took the weight off his shoulders and decided this procedure was the right path to a full recovery.”

Steinberg said the grueling pain Woods was fighting, was when a nerve and a disc in Woods lower back were touching. The current fusion surgery is expected to put an end to that problem.

Once Woods recovers from the surgery, he will begin a gradual rehabilitation process that once completed, should allow him to return to competitive golf.

Woods did not play in the recent Masters Tournament, the years first major. A recent announcement showed that the Masters TV ratings were down this year, but that decline had no connection to Woods not competing.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.