Tiger Woods' 22-year professional career has been hampered by multiple injuries over the years, with his return to the Masters we look at the injuries the 42-year-old has suffered over his career. By Lewis Blain
A History Of Tiger Woods Injuries
As Tiger Woods is set to compete at The Masters for only the second time in five years, we look at the injuries that have blighted his appearances at Augusta, as well as the rest of his 22-year professional career.
Woods has just completed, potentially, one of the biggest comeback victories in US Amateur Golf history but aged just 18 has surgery to remove a benign tumor from his left knee.
PGA Player of the Year for a fifth time as Woods wins the Masters and the US Open in the same year. The 26-year-old would have a cyst removed from his left knee and fluid drained from around one of his ligaments. He came back and won the Buick Invitational.
It is one of Tiger’s standout years as he wins eight times on the PGA Tour, wins both The Open and the USPGA and records 10 top-5 finishes in just 15 starts. After five consecutive starts throughout summer, he injures a muscle in his left shoulder blade – he fights through the pain to win the WGC-American Express, carding a score of 23-under.
The 31-year-old ruptures his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee soon after The Open. He opts against surgery and goes on to win five of the next six competitions.
The world number one underwent arthroscopic knee surgery following a second-place finish at The Masters. After six weeks off, Woods returned at the US Open and won. It would be his last major win to date.
A week after winning the US Open his season was cut short with reconstructive surgery on that damaged ACL. He also has a stress fracture in his left tibia.
December 2008 and throughout 2009:
Woods revealed at the 2010 Masters that he had torn his right Achilles tendon late in 2008, but the problem had resurfaced multiple times during the next year.
Still holding the world number one title, Woods withdraws from the Players Championship during the final round. A later MRI scan showed that he had an inflamed facet joint in his neck.
Despite suffering a Grade 1 MCL sprain to his left knee and a strain to his left Achilles tendon on the 17th hole at Augusta, Woods goes on to finish for a tie for fourth at The Masters.
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The 35-year-old shoots a 42 on the front nine at TPC Sawgrass and withdraws citing problems with his knee, Achilles and calf. Woods would then miss the next three months.
More left Achilles problems for the former world number one as he withdraws from the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
The first signs of back troubles for Tiger as he withdraws from the Honda Classic.
Later in the month he misses the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but remains 1st in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Woods announces that he will miss the Masters after undergoing a microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve in his back. He returns to the Quicken Loans National but fails to make the cut.
The 14-time major champion flops in three of the four majors by missing the cut. He did finish well at the WGC-Bridgestone and the USPGA before undergoing a second microdiscectomy surgery.
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Woods returns to the same neurosurgeon that performed his previous two surgeries to undergo a follow-up operation to relieve discomfort.
The 79-time PGA Tour winner skips the entire 2016 season to recover from surgery.
Woods finishes 15th in an 18-man field at the Hero World Challenge before missing the cut at Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open.
He withdrew from the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic, citing back spasms.
The 42-year-old has lower right back fusion surgery. He says on his website “I’m optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain. When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling for so long.”
A month after playing in his 18-man Hero World Challenge tournament, Tiger Woods makes his long awaited return to full-field PGA Tour events at the Farmers Insurance Open. He ties for 23rd with a score of three-under.
A T2 at the Valspar Championship and a T5 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational moves Woods into the joint-favourite with bookmakers to win the Masters. He looks completely clear of any previous injury.
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