Tiger Woods, fifth back surgery



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Tiger Woods, fifth back surgery

Bad news for Tiger Woods: fifth back surgery. He recently had a microdiscectomy to remove a pressurized disc fragment that gave him nerve pain during last month’s PNC Championship, his TGR Foundation announced Tuesday.

“I look forward to begin training and am focused on getting back out on Tour", Tiger Woods said in the statement in which his doctors deemed the operation successful and predicted a full recovery.

Tiger Woods, the future

Woods’ quest for a record 83rd PGA TOUR victory has been put on hold.

He announced that he will miss next week’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and his own The Genesis Invitational, which he will host at Riviera Country Club on Feb. 18-21. Woods and Sam Snead are tied with 82 career wins, the most in PGA TOUR history.

Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines – seven times in the Farmers, and at the 2008 U.S. Open – but remains winless at Riviera, where he played his first PGA TOUR event. Woods will be at Riviera next month to serve as tournament host, according to Tuesday’s release.

Meanwhile, the Hawaii swing of the PGA Tour ended in a thrilling way with the Sunday of the Sony Open 2021. American Kevin Na (-21) withstood a large group of opponents and triumphed by a single stroke, recording his fifth career victory on the circuit.

At the Waialae Country Club the 37-year-old continued his excellent series early on, which sees him winner of an event in all the last four seasons, and also continues his climb in the ranking where from today he will occupy the 23rd position in the world order of merit.

One week ago, after over 7 years Harris English returned to success on the PGA Tour. The American golfer in Hawaii tok the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the first tournament of 2021, and celebrated - with 267 (-25) strokes - his third career title on the top US men's circuit.

With a birdie at the first play-off hole, the 31-year-old from Valdosta (who had not managed to win since 2013, the year of his double sharp first at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and then at the OHL in Mayakoba) overtook the competition from Chilean Joaquin Niemann, second after a great comeback in the final lap characterized by a partial of 64 (-9), the best of the day.

In Kapalua third place (268, -24) for Justin Thomas, defending champion. Fourth place (269, -23) for Ryan Palmer (who had finished in the lead, with English, the third lap). Top 5 (271, -21) for Xander Schauffele (second in 2020 and winner in 2019), returning after the positivity at Covid, and Sungjae Im. In both cases Tiger Woods was absent.