Bunkered all your golfing needs

Tiger Woods likely to miss 2017 majors

Getty Images 634107394

Yesterday it was announced on Tiger Woods’ website that he has successfully undergone back surgery in order to “alleviate on-going pain in his back and leg.

"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."

This is Woods’ fourth back surgery since April 2014 and is likely to sideline the 14-time major champion for at least six months and therefore miss the rest of this year’s major championships.

It was only 2 weeks ago that Notah Begay gave us the hope of a swift return for Tiger. The NBC/ Golf Channel analyst and former college teammate of Woods said, “I think we should probably look, maybe something just after the Players Championship,” when speaking on The Rich Eisen Show.

Getty Images 611657764

When discussing the possibility of a return at this year’s U.S. Open Begay said, “The US Open is a definite possibility, but he’s got to at least get one or two starts in before that just to see where his body and his game is at to hit that shots that he wants to hit.” All of this raises the question, is Begay inside the Tiger loop at all?

Someone who is undoubtedly in the loop is Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg. Speaking to the Golf Channel, Steinberg said that this recent surgery is “dramatically different” to the pervious ones, describing it as a “long-term fix” and that Tiger is “looking forward to a life without pain.” 

Getty Images 477495628

When asked about a possible return date, the answer as you might have expected, was a little vague. Steinberg said, “what Tiger has learned in the past several years is listen to your doctor's mouth." He continued, "whatever they tell him, whatever they recommend, that's what he can do so he can get back to that healthy, active lifestyle."

Getty Images 633664876

For a man whose last win came at the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational and has only completed seven competitive rounds since late august 2015, what should we realistically expect if and when Tiger makes yet another return to competitive action.

-

Golf News

Tiger Woods' arrest 'a massive scream for help' - Phelps
Tiger Woods

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

Catriona Matthew named 2019 Solheim Cup captain
SOLHEIM CUP

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

REPORT Golf boom: How Scotland's munis are thriving
Archive

By Martin Inglis

Jon Rahm & Pat Perez eye $10m FedEx Cup jackpot
Jon Rahm

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

Fairmont St Andrews set to relaunch after £17m redevelopment
Fairmont St Andrews

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

Other Top Stories

24 of the coolest golf carts ever made
Lists

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

Retired pro shoots 22 strokes below age for world record
Guinness World Record

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

Win a Stewart Golf R1-S push trolley & T5 tour bag
Stewart Golf

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

15 moments that defined Rory McIlroy's career
Rory McIlroy

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

Sergio Garcia halts play for nearly 30mins for ruling
Sergio Garcia

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

Watch Denis Pugh Lessons See all videos right arrow

play button
Stop hooking the ball with a weaker grip
Watch
play button
Denis Pugh’s advice for those with a knee injury
Watch
play button
Denis Pugh’s tips for swinging on plane
Watch
play button
Denis Pugh’s stepping-stone to better golf
Watch
See all videos right arrow

Join our community
subscribe to our newsletters below