ESPN.com is reporting today that according to a GolfWeek Magazine article, Tiger Woods’ back problems are being caused by a “bulging disk” and will not require surgery. The post by ESPN Golf Writer Bob Harig also said that the story from Golf Magazine was not confirmed by the World number one’s agent.
It is still unclear if Tiger will be healthy enough to play at the Masters in three weeks, a tournament he hasn’t missed since turning pro in 1997.
A person with knowledge of the situation told Golfweek of the diagnosis but said it could have been worse because the issue is not a herniated disk, which could call for surgery.
“Nothing has changed since the announcement on Tuesday,” Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent, said in an email Thursday. “He is resting and [we'll] evaluate in the coming days.”
Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a tournament he has won eight times, with a Tuesday phone call to the tournament host. Woods said on his website that the pain from back spasms had yet to subside, hence his inability to play at Bay Hill.
“It’s too early to know about the Masters, and I will continue to be evaluated and work closely with my doctors,” Woods said in his statement.
Tiger withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier this week, a tournament he has won eight times. and is the defending champion. He was able to put up some good numbers on Saturday at both the Honda Classic, and the WGC-Cadillac Championship before back problems wrecked his Sundays.
He withdrew during the last round at PGA National but hung in to finish at Doral.
I have been a firm believer that too much weight lifting is killing Tiger’s golf game like it did David Duval’s back in the 90’s. Some of the folks at the Golf Community have disagreed with me, but it’s just my opinion. I think adding all that muscle is limiting his flexibility, and may be causing some of his back problems.
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