Tiger Woods undergoes second back surgery, out for remainder of 2015

Tiger Woods won’t be playing golf again in 2015 after another operation on his back.

Tiger Woods has announced that he has had a surgery on his back for a second time to remove disc fragments, ruling him out of any golf for the rest of 2015.

Woods made the announcement via his website, TigerWoods.com:

Tiger Woods, a 14-time major champion and winner of more than 100 events worldwide, announced Friday that he has undergone a second successful microdiscectomy surgery on his back. The first was done March 31, 2014.

The surgery was performed late Wednesday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich. Dr. Rich also performed the initial operation.

“Tiger Woods underwent a microdiscectomy late on Sept. 16 at Park City Medical Center,” Dr. Rich said. “With the upcoming offseason, the decision was made to remove a small disc fragment that was pinching his nerve. The microsurgery was a complete success, and he was discharged Thursday night.”

“This is certainly disappointing, but I’m a fighter,” Woods said. “I’ve been told I can make a full recovery, and I have no doubt that I will.”

Even Woods’ most ardent fans are beginning to doubt whether the 14-time major champion can get back to anywhere near his best and on the ‘back’ of this news those doubts will grow stronger.

Woods has dropped to 283rd on the world golf rankings and when you see the latest batch of young guns sweeping the big golf tournaments including Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, it’s easy to wonder whether the career of one of the greatest-ever golfers is drawing to a rapid close.

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