Tiger Woods is just weeks away from his PGA Tour comeback. A quick look at his injury history and you start to appreciate the incredible skill of surgeons, trainers and physiotherapists.
Tiger is a showman who hits daring shots with little regard for the naysayers. He’s Evel Knieval with talent. Both men have that certain je ne sais quoi; they’re doers with imperfect personalities. Tiger may not have the Guinness World Record for the most broken bones, a title held by Evel with 433, but he does have a fairly extensive injury list.
Can Tiger pick himself up again? Can he emulate Evel by getting back on his figurative bike? I think so.
Woods’ injury list
Woods strains back prior to Kemper Open in June.
Diagnosed with fluid around his ACL, Woods has surgery to rectify issue. He returns at Buick Invitational and wins comfortably.
After finishing second at the Masters, Woods goes under knife again, this time to have cartilage in his left knee repaired.
Woods admits that he’s been playing golf for almost a year with a torn ACL. In June, after playing with two stress fractures and an ailing ACL, Woods spectacularly wins the U.S. Open. Immediately after, he goes for reconstructive surgery to fix ACL and additional cartilage damage.
During the final round of The PLAYERS Championship, Woods withdraws with excruciating neck pain. He is diagnosed with a bulging disc in his neck, but returns to action at the Memorial Tournament in June after getting the OK from doctors.
Woods suffers knee and achilles tendon injuries after slipping on pine straw at the Masters. This puts Woods out of the Wells Fargo Championship in May.
Still plagued by the injury sustained in the Masters, Woods pulls out of The PLAYERS Championship for the second consecutive year. The diagnosis is a sprained MCL ligament in his battered left knee, and a strained left Achilles tendon. Woods is forced out of the U.S. and British Opens but returns to WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August.
During the final round at Doral, Woods withdraws, citing pain in his left Achilles tendon again. He returns two weeks later for the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Woods suffers another crushing blow, this time an elbow injury during The PLAYERS Championship which hampers his U.S. Open. He withdraws from two events before returning at the British Open in July.
Woods collapses to his knees during the final round of The Barclays with agonising back spasms. He blames it on a soft mattress.
Woods withdraws from the Honda Classic due to more back pain. He then returns at Doral, shooting 78 in his final round and grimacing the entire time. He skips Bay Hill a few weeks later.
Woods misses the first Masters of his career after having microdiscectomy surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his back.
Woods injures his back again, this time hitting from an awkward lie in a bunker at the Bridgestone Invitational. He WD’s.
Playing in his beloved home state, Woods withdraws from the Farmers Insurance Open after just 11 holes with back pain. He claims he was “unable to activates glutes.”
After a promising display at the Wyndham Championship, Woods shocks the golf world by announcing a second microdiscectomy procedure to remove a disc fragment in his back. Surgery forces him to miss all of his remaining 2015 events and puts a major question mark on his 2016 season.