TIGER Woods has been forced to be “on bed rest” after undergoing a follow-up procedure this week to “relieve discomfort” following his second microdiscectomy in September that corrected a pinched nerve in his back.
The procedure has forced Woods to be on bed rest and will cause him to miss a final design visit to Bluejack National – his first course design in the US that’s set to open in 2016 – and a media gathering at his own tournament the Hero World Challenge.
Had a follow-up procedure on my back as the next step in my recovery. Staying strong & patient. https://t.co/ZAlbOEYGVE
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) October 30, 2015
According to a statement on the 14-times Major champion’s website, “there is no timetable for Woods’ return to the US PGA Tour.”
The statement read:
“Tiger Woods announced Friday that he underwent a successful follow-up procedure to his September back surgery. This was done to relieve discomfort.
It was performed late Wednesday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich.
“Tiger is doing well, and we expect him to make a full recovery,” Rich said.
There is no timetable for Woods’ return to the PGA TOUR.
“It’s one of those things that had to be done,” Tiger said. “I have an outstanding team of doctors, and I’ll be back as soon as I can.”
Woods is on bed rest and will miss his final design visit Thursday, Nov. 5, at Bluejack National, a Tiger Woods Design golf course outside Houston.
“I’m extremely disappointed not going to Bluejack, but I’m very excited about our grand opening in the spring,” Tiger said. “It’s a fantastic course, and we’re very proud of our first U.S. design.”
Woods is expected to attend and host the Hero World Challenge, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, but won’t be able to play.
The tournament will take place Dec. 2-6 at Albany in the Bahamas and will feature 18 of the world’s top-ranked golfers.
“I look forward to being at my event,” Woods said. “Hero is a tremendous supporter of my foundation and particularly our scholars. I appreciate everything that Mr. Munjal (chairman, managing director and CEO of Hero MotoCorp) and his company do for us.”
“My family and the fans’ concern and support have helped a lot,” Tiger said. “I’ll be back, and I’ll be ready to compete.”