Wednesday 22 May 2019

ACL surgeries, torn tendons and spinal fusion - Tiger Woods' injury timeline

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods ended five years without a win with victory in the Tour Championship in Atlanta, the 80th PGA Tour title of his career.

The win comes 17 months after Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery and here Press Association Sport takes a look at all the problems the 14-time major has suffered:

1994: While still a student at Stanford University, Woods has a benign tumour removed from his left knee.

2002: In December, Woods has a benign cyst removed and fluid drained from around one of the ligaments in the same knee.

2007: Woods ruptures the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while out running at home after the Open Championship, but opts not to have surgery.

2008: Two days after finishing runner-up to Trevor Immelman in the Masters, Woods has surgery on his left knee to clean out cartilage.

2008: After playing through the pain barrier to win the US Open - his 14th and last major - Woods has reconstructive surgery on the damaged ACL in his left knee and misses the rest of the season.

2008-09: During the 2010 Masters, Woods reveals that he tore his right Achilles tendon in 2008 and reinjured it several times in 2009.

2010: Woods withdraws from the final round of the Players Championship with an inflamed joint in his neck.

April 26, 2011: Woods announces he will miss the Wells Fargo Championship after spraining his left knee and Achilles tendon while hitting an awkward recovery shot during the third round of the Masters.

May 12, 2011: Woods withdraws from The Players Championship after shooting 42 on the front nine at Sawgrass. "The knee acted up, and then the Achilles followed after that, and then the calf started cramping up," Woods said. He does not play again until August.

March 11, 2012: He withdraws from the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship with Achilles tendon problem.

March 2, 2014: Back pain forces Woods' withdrawal from The Honda Classic with just five holes remaining in final round. In September 2018 he revealed that his back problems surfaced during the 2012 Ryder Cup and forced him to miss a session for the first time.

April 1, 2014: Woods announces he will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after undergoing microdiscectomy surgery on a pinched nerve in his back after being advised to do so for his "immediate and long-term health".

September 16, 2015: Almost a month after recording his best finish of season with a tie for 10th in the Wyndham Championship, Woods announces a second microdiscectomy surgery and hopes to return in "early 2016".

October 30, 2015: Woods reveals he has undergone a "follow-up procedure" to September's surgery.

December 2, 2016: He returns to action in the Hero World Challenge after 15 months out.

February 3, 2017: After an opening 77, he withdraws from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic prior to the second round due to back spasms.

April 20, 2017: Woods announces he has undergone spinal fusion surgery to alleviate "ongoing pain in his back and leg". He returned to action at the Hero World Challenge at the end of November.

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