Tiger Woods will miss an­other six months fol­low­ing back surgery.

The Washington Post - - SPORTS - BY MARISSA PAYNE

Less than a week af­ter one of Tiger Woods’s friends put golf fans on high alert, not­ing that the 14-time ma­jor cham­pion was eye­ing a re­turn at the U.S. Open, news broke that Woods un­der­went yet an­other surgery on his back. He is ex­pected to be out at least six months.

This is at least the fourth surgery Woods, 41, has had on his back. Woods pre­vi­ously un­der­went two mi­crodi­s­ec­tomies to re­lieve pres­sure on a pinched nerve, first in March 2014 and again in Septem­ber 2015. In Oc­to­ber 2015, he said he had an ad­di­tional, un­spec­i­fied pro­ce­dure done as a fol­low-up.

The pain, how­ever, caused by a “se­verely nar­rowed” lower-back disc that led to sci­at­ica, a nerve con­di­tion that causes pain in the lower back and through the legs, never fully went away.

“Con­ser­va­tive ther­apy, which in­cluded re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, med­i­ca­tions, lim­it­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and in­jec­tions, failed as a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion,” a state­ment posted to Woods’s web­site said.

This led to Woods opt­ing for an­other surgery called an An­te­rior Lum­bar In­ter­body Fu­sion, dur­ing which or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon Richard Guyer of the Cen­ter for Disc Re­place­ment at the Texas Back In­sti­tute re­moved the dam­aged disc to al­low two other ver­te­brae to es­sen­tially fuse to­gether to heal as one solid bone.

“If you are go­ing to have sin­gle-level fu­sion, the bot­tom level is the best place for it to oc­cur,” Guyer said in the state­ment that deemed the surgery “suc­cess­ful.”

Woods has not played com­pet­i­tively since Feb. 3, when he with­drew from the Dubai Desert Clas­sic be­cause of his back. Ex­cerpted from wash­ing­ton­post.com/ ear­lylead

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