Tiger Woods has been diagnosed with a bulging disk that won’t require surgery, according to Golfweek’s Jeff Rude’s source:
It could have been much worse, the person said, because Woods doesn’t have the kind of herniated disk that likely would require an operation.
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg would not confirm or deny Rude’s report to ESPN.com:
“Nothing has changed since the announcement on Tuesday,” Steinberg said in an email Thursday. “He is resting and [we’ll] evaluate in the coming days.”
On Tuesday Tiger withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a tournament that he’s won eight times, due to his lingering back injury. He said in a statement on his website that his spasms and pain hadn’t subsided.
In his last two starts, Woods has clearly struggled with discomfort caused by the injury. Earlier this month at the Honda Classic, he withdrew after 13 holes in the final round, citing lower back spasms. A week later at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, he hobbled his way around on Sunday to post a six-over 78, after an awkward shot from a fairway bunker on no. 6 triggered the pain.
As for the Masters, Woods said in his statement on Tuesday that it’s too soon to know if he’ll be healthy enough to play.
Well, I suffer from bulging disks and they’re a pain in the butt, but I don’t know the specifics to Tiger’s case, so I can’t say if he’s at risk to injure himself further. In my experiences in the past (back in college), I was able to play — I just had to deal with a hell of a lot of pain (probably more than it was worth).
I still don’t think there’s any way in hell that Tiger misses the Masters. It means too much to him. Heck, he won the U.S. Open on a broken leg practically, so a bulging disk should be no big deal! At the same time, that was nearly 6 years ago and I’d imagine the difference between being 32 and 38 is quite vast.
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