Tiger Woods' season is on hold following the announcement that he will undergo back surgery to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching a nerve.
Doctors deemed his surgery a success. His timetable to return is at least two months. This will include absences at the Farmers Insurance Open and the Genesis Invitational. Sources close to Woods say he is targeting the 2021 Masters on April 8th as his return. The 2019 Masters is the last Major Woods has won.
In December, Woods experienced discomfort following the PNC Championship. He went to get his back looked at and doctors found the issue.
Woods has endured four other back surgeries prior to this one. He returned from his last surgery in 2018 and went on to win the Tour Championship that year. He followed that up with the Masters in 2019 and the Zozo Championship later in the same year.
In 2020, the closest Woods got to the top of the leaderboard was tying for ninth at the Farmers Insurance Open. He never came close to contending in the eight tournaments he played the rest of 2020. He finished in a tie for 38th at the Masters in November.
Woods said at the Masters, "My body just has moments where it just doesn't work like it used to... No matter how hard I try, things just don't work the way they used to, and no matter how much I push and ask of this body, it just doesn't work at times."
At age 45, Woods' lingering back issues aren't a surprise. While in years where he has had back pain his numbers have dipped, the years after surgery and some rest have yielded great improvement. Golf fans are asking if this is the end, but Woods has been counted out before and proved the doubters wrong.