Woods has 5th back surgery, to miss Torrey Pines and Riviera

AP – Tiger Woods has suffered a setback with his back, disclosing on Tuesday that he recently had a fifth surgery that will keep him from starting the year until after the West Coast Swing on the PGA Tour.

Woods will not play next week in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, which he has won seven times, most recently in 2013. He also won the United States (US) Open in 2008 at Torrey Pines, which hosts the US Open again in June.

He also will miss the Genesis Invitational on February 18-21 at Riviera, where he serves as tournament host.

In a statement from his TGR Foundation, which Woods also tweeted, he did not say when he had the microdiscetomy surgery though Rory McIlroy, speaking yesterday at a news conference ahead of the Abu Dhabi Championship, said it took place on December 23 and that Woods was “back on his feet the next day”.

It was to remove a pressurised disc fragment that was giving him nerve pain during the PNC Championship last month that he played with 11-year-old son Charlie.

Doctors said the operation was a success and predicted a full recovery, according to the statement.

“I look forward to begin training and am focussed on getting back out on tour,” Woods said.

Tiger Woods announced on January 19 that he had a fifth back surgery and will miss tournaments in San Diego and Los Angeles. PHOTO: AP