Tiger Woods has successfully undergone another surgery to address his ailing back.
This was announced Friday last week by the world’s former no. 1 golfer in his official website Tigerwoods.com .
The microdiscectomy was performed by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich in Park City, Utah.
This is the second time the 14-time major champion has undergone the procedure. The first was done on March 31, 2014.
“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,” he added.
Although disappointed with his condition, the 39-year-old golfer is optimistic that he can return to his old form soon.
“This is certainly disappointing, but I’m a fighter,” Woods said, adding “I’ve been told I can make a full recovery, and I have no doubt that I will.”
As the 11-time PGA Player of the Year recuperates, he will be skipping the Frys.com Open in Mexico City and the Hero World Challenge at Albany in the Bahamas.
“I’d like to send my regrets to Frys and all those associated with the America’s Golf Cup,” he said.
“I appreciate the fans concern and support. This is unfortunate, but these things happen. I’ve been injured before and played again. It won’t be any different this time.”he added.
Meanwhile, Golf.com analyst Gary Van Sickle said that the world may be seeing the end of an era after Tiger Woods underwent back surgery twice in less than two years.
“This setback costs Tiger time, a valuable commodity that was once almost limitless for him and now is dwindling with alarming rapidity,” Van Sickle wrote.
“If 2016 turns into a lost year or even a lost half-year, that’s another big blow to Tiger’s comeback hopes,” he added.
Van Sickel noted that the three-time US Open Champion hasn’t won a PGA Tournament in more than two years, and hasn’t won a major championship in seven years.
“Time is getting shorter, and the odds are getting longer,” the analyst said.
Many may have written off Tiger Woods as a “has been” after his recent back surgery but the former champ may just pull off another surprise during his comeback – and silence his critics.