Tiger Woods: After Latest Surgery, The Long List Of Setbacks Since His Last Major in 2008 Is Getting Longer

Tom Roddy

Injuries have long plagued the career of Tiger Woods. During his last golf major championship victory, the U.S. Open in 2008, Woods was battling with pains in his back and lower leg. He would, eventually, succumb to treatment but has rapidly faded.  

On Friday, the 14-time major winner announced that he had undergone surgery to cure the longstanding pain in his back and leg, and would be off the course for at least six months. After missing out on the Masters this month, the 41-year-old is now likely to miss the U.S. Open, Open Championship and U.S. PGA.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course, La Jolla, CA, USA, January 26. Woods has undergone yet another surgery to his back. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

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Here, Newsweek looks at the injuries Woods has sustained since winning his last major in California nine years ago:

June 2008: Little over a week after lifting the U.S. Open trophy, Woods underwent surgery to the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, a long-term injury. The procedure eventually sidelined him for nine months.

December 2008: While preparing to make his return, Woods injured the Achilles tendon in his right leg while running. His comeback was delayed by seven months.

November 2009: A visit to the hospital was needed due to a sore neck and cut lip, which required five stitches, following Woods’ infamous crash into a fire hydrant in his SUV.

May 2010: Woods pulled out of The Players Championship after suffering a pain in his back. The problem, he said, had begun during the lead up to the Masters a month earlier.

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April 2011: Another Achilles problem harms Woods while playing at the Wells Fargo Championship, but this time it’s his left leg. The injury was sustained while trying to approach the 17th at Augusta National from an uncomfortable stance.

May 2011: Woods withdraws from The Players Championship at The TPC at Sawgrass. This time, after hitting six over par on the front nine, Woods would leave the course at the half-way mark. He had suffered a sprain in his left knee and had injured his Achilles tendon. He was sidelined for two months.

March 2012: After 11 holes at the Cadillac Championship at Doral, Woods walks off the course citing tightness in his left Achilles.

August 2012: Woods moves uncomfortably around The Barclay and later says he was struggling with pain in his back due to the mattress in his hotel room.

June 2013: Woods complains of a pain in his left elbow during the U.S. Open, an injury that Woods says occurred during The Players Championship in May.

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August 2013: Suffering tightness in his back during the fourth day of the PGA Championship. A stiff neck and back, put down to the mattress from a year ago, means Woods only chips and putts during a pro-am at The Barclays.

March 2014: Back spasms and pain see Woods withdraw from The Honda Classic after 13 holes on the final day. A week later, he complains of back pain at the Cadillac Championship and shoots 78, the highest score of his career in a final round. Woods undergoes surgery to a pinched nerve.

August 2015: Withdraws from WGC-Bridgestone Invitational due to back pain on the ninth hole of the final round.

February 2015: Walks off the course after 11 holes at the Farmers Insurance Open. Back problems are cited again.

December 2016: Woods returns to action at the World Hero Challenge in the Bahamas after two back operations.

February 2017: Withdraws from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic before the beginning of the second day due to back spasms.

March 2017: Announces he will not feature in the Masters for the third time in four years as he continues to recover from back injuries and claims he is not “tournament ready.”

April 2017: Woods reveals that he has undergone further surgery to attempt to cure back and leg problems and suggests he will be sidelined for six months.

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