Tiger woods’ participation at Tokyo 2020 Olympics in jeopardy after latest back surgery

The American announced on social media that he has been operated on for a herniated disc, but hopes to take part at the Augusta Masters next April.

By Andrew Binner
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Tiger Woods’s 2021 golf season is on hold after undergoing a fifth back surgery.

A statement published on the 15-time major winner's social media channels read: “Tiger has recently undergone a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurised disc fragment that was pinching his nerve after experiencing discomfort following the PNC Championship. His doctors and their team have determined it to be successful and expect him to make a full recovery.”

Woods said: “I look forward to begin training and am focused on getting back out on Tour.”

Woods’ participation in the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021 is now unlikely, due to the number of other American golfers ahead of him in the world rankings.

He had declared in April 2020 that he would be ‘honoured’ to take part.

Latest injury setback for Woods

Between August 2015 and December 2017, a back injury meant that the American took part in just one PGA Tour event.

Woods has spinal-fusion surgery in 2017, and there were high hopes that he would make an appearance at the rescheduled Olympic Games in 2021, following his 15th Major win at the Masters in 2019.

The 45-year-old ended 2019 sixth in golf's world rankings but is now 44th.

His last competed alongside his son Charlie at the PNC Championship, finishing seventh in December 2020.

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