Tiger Woods disclosed that he underwent microdiscectomy surgery on September 16 to remove a small disc fragment that as pinching his nerve. It’s his second microdiscectomy surgery on his back, following one on March 31, 2014, that largely erased much of his 2014 season and ultimately cost him the No. 1 ranking in the world.
Woods released a press statement saying that he would not be able to appear at the Frys.com Open, the Bridgetson America’s Golf Cup, nor the Hero World Challenge because of his recovery process.
Woods missed the FedExCup for a second straight year by failing to finish in the top 125 players in the FedEx standings. Woods experienced a free-fall through the rankings this year after finishing 2014 ranked 32nd in the world.
Woods will turn 40 at the end of December, meaning he won’t play PGA golf again until he has reached his fourth decade.
Woods has 79 career titles, second only to Sam Snead. His 14 Majors are second to Jack Nicklaus’ 18.
Out of 410 Majors played dating back to 1860, only 33 have been won by a player 40 years or older.
The last time a player over 40 years old won a Major title was Vijay Singh at the 2004 PGA Championship. Singh is also the last player older than 40 to be ranked No. 1, accomplishing it at age 42 in 2005.