Tiger Woods Has Another Back Surgery

It isn’t Groundhog Day, is it?

April Fool’s?

I told you all he was done if he was going to insist on swinging the same way.

And this is the proof.

Tiger Woods has undergone yet another surgical procedure on his back.

From Golf.com’s Sean Zak:

Tiger Woods has undergone yet another back surgery, and the rest of his 2017 season has been placed in question.

Woods announced on his website Thursday that another back surgery—his fourth since September, 2014—was necessary to “alleviate ongoing pain in his back and leg.”

According to the release, the minimally invasive and successful surgery will require him to rest for weeks before more therapy and treatments. Patients from similar surgeries are expected to “return to full activity in about six months.”

“The surgery went well, and I’m optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain,” Woods said. “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.”

Wait… is this from the latest surgery, or the 1st, 2nd or 3rd?  It seems word for word what he was saying every time he went under the knife.

You know…

DJ Rant Alert

I said when I saw his swing setup in Dubai that he was lucky he’d only ended up with back spasms.

In fact, I said he was lucky not to have broken his back swinging that way.

Well… he hasn’t played since that WD in Dubai, and he won’t be playing this year, and likely not ever again, with any regularity.

Wait a minute, DJ …wasn’t Brandel Chamblee saying that he wouldn’t be surprised if Tiger showed up at Augusta this year?

And wasn’t Notah Begay talking just the other day about Tiger likely returning to play in time for the U.S. Open?

“You mean this year’s?”

You have to hand it to TW, he’s got more people carrying his water than the bucket-brigades from the 1900s…

So, we’ll say him play again, I imagine.

There’s always his lifetime exemption to the Masters and his own Hero Challenge tournament… if he can still stand and swing.

Next up… Ceremonial Starter at Augusta…

All because he had to swing with a planted leading heel and restricted hips, even when continuing to do so was breaking his back.


Oh, and his agent, Mark Steinberg, is now as credible as a pyramid scheme architect taking the 5th on the witness stand.

But hey, that’s the Modern Golf Swing, folks!

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17 thoughts on “Tiger Woods Has Another Back Surgery

  1. targettom

    wasn’t it just a day or so ago the media showed him rinsing another wedge shot in an exhibition? So I wonder when this surgery took place. He clearly couldn’t swing anywhere near full speed a couple days ago.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Since the wedge incident seems to have occurred on Tuesday, it would have to be yesterday or today, as he certainly hadn’t had it yet when he was making the swings…

      What I do know, seeing this quote from him the day before a scheduled surgery (unless he just walked in and requested it on the spot), is that he’s still a… person who doesn’t tell the truth, unfortunately:

      …Woods agreed with Mark O’Meara’s assessment at the Masters that the 14-time major winner is “day to day.”

      “I have good days and bad days,” Woods said. “I’ve had three back operations, and that’s the nature of the business unfortunately. That’s all I can say.”

    2. Laser

      “rinsing another wedge shot in an exhibition?”


      “…Woods was at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo., on Tuesday to announce his first public course design…Woods did hit two shots at the ceremony. How’d that go?

      “Remember when he hit three balls in the water at Quicken Loans National media day last year? It wasn’t that bad this time, but he did dunk a sand wedge in the water on his first attempt.

      “…But his second try drew applause and Woods claimed he stiffed the shot…”

      1. D Watts Post author

        You know, I had some snarky comebacks to your comment, but at this point, it’s beyond sad.

        This man should have a solid legacy as the 2nd greatest of all time (some might say greatest ever, but Jack Nicklaus has 18 majors and 73 Tour wins), and instead of that, he’s become a laugh line and generations of golf fans will think of the last few years instead of the 90’s and 00’s when his name is spoken… and every time he or one of his sycophants opens their mouths, it just reminds us how sad it all is.

        I’m all out of jokes.

  2. Mike Divot

    Yes, it is sad. It is like Gretzky unable to take a slap shot or Jordan unable to shoot a basket. Tiger is culpable but so is the sorry state of golf instruction.

    1. Mike Divot

      I mean … can you imagine Gretzky coasting around on the ice like a beginner, unable to find the puck and unable to shoot or even pass because of back pain. And have him saying “I should be fine by the time the Stanley cup finals come around.”

      1. D Watts Post author

        Wayne Gretzky didn’t need a skating coach to watch over how he got up and down the rink either, after he was 10, I’d bet. Too much hand-holding on the golf swing, and not enough knowledge being given to the ones swinging.

  3. targettom

    This morning on GC they went into graphic detail about what procedure he went through. Horrific.

    Removed the disc entirely and replaced with a titanium puck; they have basically fused the L5 to the Sacrum with a bone graft. They downplay the seriousness of the situation but the bald facts are he is fooked.

    As a guy who knows about this injury and who chose to have nothing done, and who recovered completely by changing what caused the problem, I think the doctors should be arrested for fraud and malpractice. And I don’t see how he can even walk for months

    1. D Watts Post author

      Removed the disc entirely and replaced with a titanium puck; they have basically fused the L5 to the Sacrum with a bone graft. They downplay the seriousness of the situation but the bald facts are he is fooked.

      Hmm… I don’t mean to make light of this in any way, but isn’t it funny that the procedure and damage that required it, are located where I say you shouldn’t be twisting the spine?

      The L5 is right where the lower red line is…

      And this:

      As a guy who knows about this injury and who chose to have nothing done, and who recovered completely by changing what caused the problem…

      You nailed it – and yes, he is snookered – no way he plays again with the type of swing he had, as I said repeatedly that unless he changed that swing (changing what caused the problem, which is the lower-back twisting), he was done.

      I hope he stays away this time. With what he just had done, if he goes right back to trying to swing hard with a twisting lower back move, he may actually cripple himself.

      No one wants to see that.

  4. buddhabob

    I think people are over estimating TW. He is lying about the seriousness of his condition because he still makes 50 mill or so a year thru sponsorships.

    You think Steinberg does not make himself 10-15% of that. They are well motivated liars. I have been saying this for the last two years. Sounds like he had a spinal fusion which will further limit his range of motion.

    Sounds like all the previous procedures may have been ill advised and were done poorly. I would not be surprised if they didn’t suck so much of the disc tissue that had been impinging on his nerves out of the lower coordinates that the spine was left without much cushioning.

    Lets put it this way, Tiger and Tony Romo won’t be playing pick up basketball games on weekends much. TW told everybody the truth at the end of his recent comment anyway, when referring first to his need to play with his kids and THEN ‘Professional golf’, note the kids come first now and note also he did not say ‘Championship golf’.

    A blind fool who gropes for fruit at the supermarket and thinks that its just a Honeydew Melon could still see that TW is singing for his supper now, all the way into ignominious retirement

    1. D Watts Post author

      He is lying about the seriousness of his condition because he still makes 50 mill or so a year thru sponsorships.

      I have no doubt that the only reason TW hasn’t officially retired yet (and this is probably going back to his 3rd surgery) is because of those endorsement dollars.

      Get this – he has earned less than $600,000 on the course since the end of the ’13 season where he banked over $8 million.

      And that’s less than $600,000 in total, from 2014 through today, which is about $200,000/yr in official tournament earnings for the past three years. Without the endorsement money… well, let’s say that all of those toys, boats, jets and other fun past-times require a lot of money, and we’re not even looking at maintaining multiple homes…

      He’s taking his sponsors to the cleaners, because he’s done as a regular player on the PGA Tour.

  5. Mike Divot

    I have a more charitable take.
    TW is telling himself, more than anyone else, that he still has it, that with rest, reps, or what have you, he can still do it. He has to believe it. He must believe it.
    The minute he tells himself “I’m cooked”, he’s cooked. No coming back from that.
    That is the steely resolve that got him to the top. The mindset of a champion.
    Only now it looks like stubbornness.
    It’s not the dollars. It’s his world view, his ethos, his self belief, his everything.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I don’t know, MD – perhaps somewhere in between, but the guy who probably knows TW as well as anyone (and not much, by his book), Haney says Tiger seems very “Meh” about ever returning to play actual tournament golf again…

      Who knows? All I know is, whether he wants to come back on not, he won’t be, without a much more mechanically-sound swing.

      Been saying it for two years, and I don’t see anything to lead me to believe otherwise.


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