Woods has back surgery; likely to miss ma­jors

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - SPORTS -

One day af­ter say­ing his back was pro­gress­ing, Tiger Woods had a fourth back surgery to al­le­vi­ate pain and will go through an­other year with­out play­ing a ma­jor.

One day af­ter say­ing his back was pro­gress­ing, Tiger Woods had a fourth back surgery to al­le­vi­ate pain and will go through an­other year with­out play­ing a ma­jor.

The surgery was Wed­nes­day at the Texas Back In­sti­tute.

Woods was in Mis­souri on Tues­day to an­nounce plans to de­sign a pub­lic golf course at Big Cedar Lodge, and he even tried hit­ting a few shots to a par 3. The first one rat­tled around in the rocks, and the sec­ond shot was about 10 feet from the flag.

Asked about his health dur­ing the cer­e­mony, Woods said he had good days and bad days. And then he flew to Dal­las for fu­sion surgery to cre­ate space in his lower back. The an­nounce­ment on his web­site Thurs­day said typ­i­cal re­cov­ery from a sin­gle-level fu­sion surgery is 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.”

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