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Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 12/30/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 185
College: Stanford

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On his website today, Tiger Woods announced that he will not compete in next week's Masters after having surgery for a pinched nerve in his back.
It's the first time that Woods will miss the Masters as a professional. "After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have this procedure done," he said. Woods had a microdiscectomy. A notable touring pro that underwent the same procedure is Jamie Lovemark in August of 2011, but he was just 23 years old. He played two months thereafter. Dr. Charles Rich in Park City, Utah, operated on Woods, who is 38. If recovery is smooth, the world's top-ranked golfer will return to action this summer. "It's tough right now, but I'm absolutely optimistic about the future," he added. It's what you'd expect him to say, but he still hasn't won a major post-knee reconstructive surgery. In a career that's currently defined as being four major titles shy of Jack Nicklaus' record, every missed opportunity raises more doubt. Our relevant real concern is if he'll qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. Apr 1 - 11:57 AM

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In a brief article at, it was reported that Tiger Woods is suffering from a bulging disc.'s Jeff Rude cited "someone with knowledge of [Woods'] condition" as his resource, but the anonymous diagnosis makes all the sense in the world. Anyone that's ever suffered from a similar injury winces right along with the world's top-ranked player and can relate to the pain felt during certain motion. Until now, we've been in the dark about specifics, only left to wonder the reasons why Woods was having back spasms. Rest is usually the required remedy, but everyone responds differently and the location of the source pain can affect the healing process. That Woods will likely get an entire month off before the Masters is welcome news for his owners even though he's sidelined.
Mar 20 - 3:18 PM

Tiger Woods has elected not to defend his title at this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, citing back spasms.

Woods announced the news on his website. His statement in its entirety: "I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won't be able to play in his tournament this year. I would like to express my regrets to the Orlando fans, the volunteers, the tournament staff and the sponsors for having to miss the event. Unfortunately, my back spasms and the pain haven't subsided. It's too early to know about the Masters, and I will continue to be evaluated and work closely with my doctors. I feel badly that I won't be able to play in this great tournament this week." Woods has won eight APIs in all, including the last two editions. He had hinted about modifying his schedule prior to the season's first major, but this ongoing issue as it relates to his back precludes suspicion of surprise starts in San Antonio or Houston as primers.
Mar 18 - 5:23 PM

Tiger Woods was vintage in his third-round 6-under-par 33-33=66 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, taking the lead in the clubhouse at 1-under 215.

Woods circled eight birdies to just two bogeys at Trump National Doral and the putter was a major factor. Highlights included birdies from 13'4" on the par-4 third, 15'9" on the par-4 11th, 21'10" on the par-5 12th and 35'1" on the par-3 15th. As you would expect with those figures, he gained well over three strokes with the flat stick and also landed 14 GIR. His 66 surpassed Jimmy Walker's 67 for the best round of the tournament. A week after withdrawing from The Honda Classic with a balky back, Woods will try and close out his first victory of 2014 in Sunday's final round.
Mar 8 - 3:35 PM

Tiger Woods navigated Trump National Doral in 1-over-par 38-35=73 in his second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

As we intimated this morning, Woods' closing sparks with the putter to conclude his opener fueled a birdie-birdie opening on 10 and 11 in the second round. He trailed with five unanswered bogeys before landing his tee ball 91'7" from the hole at the par-3 fourth. With a hearty whack, the world's No. 1 converted for birdie, and then chased it with another (from 41 inches) at the par-4 fifth. The bomb is the longest recorded conversion on a green on the PGA TOUR since Ángel Cabrera dropped in his try from 103'5" on the 17th hole at TPC Scottsdale in the final round of the 2011 WM Phoenix Open. Woods arrived at the halfway point of this week's WGC in 5-over 149, six strokes off the pace of the 36-hole quad-leaders.
Mar 7 - 7:18 PM

Tiger Woods opened his title defense of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship with a 4-over-par 37-39=76.

Fresh off the back spasms that truncated his week at PGA National, Woods split only five (of 14) fairways and hit just 10 greens in regulation at Trump National Doral today. He stood 6-over through 14 holes, and that included a bogey conversion from 20'2" at the par-4 11th hole. Birdies at 15, 16 and 17 eased some of the pain, the latter two dropping in from 20'7" and 10'8", respectively, but he'd walk off with a bogey at the par-4 18th after rinsing his tee ball. And even that last conversion was no gimme, measuring 12'8". The moral of the story was that Woods could have easily been threatening 80 if not for solving some of the mystery on the greens. As a result, he should have a better time of it in today's second round.
Mar 7 - 11:44 AM

Tiger Woods withdrew from The Honda Classic during his final round, citing lower back spasms.

He called it quits after landing his approach at the par-4 13th hole in the rough nine yards from the hole. Woods was having an awful round at PGA National, squaring four bogeys and a double bogey, with just one birdie on the card. This is a crushing blow considering his third-round 65 on Saturday gave many of his supporters reason for optimism. Eyes were already going to be affixed at Trump National Doral come Thursday given he's set to defend this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, but today's decision will sharpen the focus, if that's even possible. In a statement, the world's top-ranked golfer addressed his status for the WGC: "It’s too early to tell. I need treatment every day until Thursday to try to calm it down. We’ll see how it is. It’s the same feeling I had as Barclays."
Mar 2 - 3:27 PM

Tiger Woods roared in the third round of The Honda Classic, lighting up PGA National for a 5-under-par 34-31=65 and reaching the 54-hole mark at 5-under 205.

Woods picked up seven birdies, surrendering just two bogeys, on the strength of a putter that was absolutely on fire and only utilized just 23 times. His full-season fantasy owners across the globe collectively exhaled. He began the day with a 16'11" birdie at the par-4 first, setting the tone for what was to come. Among his other highlights was a 37'1" birdie at the par-3 fifth, a 25'4" birdie at the par-3 seventh and a 53'11" birdie from off the green at the par-4 11th. The ball-striking was far from perfect, splitting just six (of 14) fairways and landing 11 GIR, but this overall performance represented a marked improvement over his first 36 holes. Since Woods was in the first twosome out, he will now sit back and wait to see just how good his round was and how tough The Bear Trap will play in the afternoon.
Mar 1 - 11:08 AM

At even-par 71-69=140, Tiger Woods survived the cut on the number at The Honda Classic.

While Woods has a modicum of success at PGA National, you'd be hard-pressed to find a site that he didn't solve. This is to say that it's not among the most obvious choices at which you're going to invest. To wit, hovering around par on both days won't please anyone in most daily formats. For those on board for the entire week, at least you're getting a cut made. His walk around the Jack Nicklaus redesign today featured three birdies against two bogeys. The highlight of the round came courtesy of a hole-out from just off the green 15 yards away at the par-4 13th for birdie. He parred in to play on.
Feb 28 - 5:42 PM

Tiger Woods announced today that he will not compete in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in two weeks.

Since its inception, Woods has missed this event only twice (2001-Australia; 2010-scandal), so his decision to pass is more newsworthy than early commitments to The Honda Classic, WGC-Cadillac Championship and Arnold Palmer Championship as all are expected starts. "I had planned to take [the week of the Match Play] off and travel with Lindsey [Vonn] to Sochi, but unfortunately that won't happen," he said, referring to his girlfriend's failure to qualify for the Olympics due to injury. "Instead, I'll stay home and prepare for the Florida tournaments."
Feb 6 - 6:12 PM

Tiger Woods suffered through a 7-over-par 37-42=79 in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open, reaching the 54-hole mark of his title defense at 6-over 222.

He began his day on the 10th hole and found himself 1-under through eight holes, standing in the fairway of the par-5 18th with a fairway wood in hand. Rather than walk off with an eagle or birdie, he rinsed his approach and eventually settled for a double bogey. To say he went on tilt would be putting it kindly, as he squared a double bogey on the par-4 first, then added bogeys on the second through sixth holes before finally finding a birdie on the par-4 seventh. He ended his day with a 9'8" par putt on the ninth, ensuring that he would break 80. This was his 54th career round of the Farmers Insurance Open, and his 79 was the worst score of his career at Torrey Pines by two strokes. While he's never missed a cut here, it appears certain that he will miss the 54-hole cut, also ensuring that this is the first time he's failed to break par in this event. This brings back memories of his T65 in the 2013 Memorial Tournament, where he also routinely succeeds.
Jan 25 - 4:36 PM

Defending champion Tiger Woods followed his opening 72 at the Farmers Insurance Open with a 1-under-par 34-37=71 in the second round on the North Course at Torrey Pines.

He split only five (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, yet sat bogey-free 2-under until incurring a bogey-6 at the ninth holes, his last of the round. Through 36 holes, he's hit 23 GIR but buried only four birdies. He's also 0-for-8 on the par 5s with seven pars and that the aforementioned bogey. At 1-under 143, Woods sits nine strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead of his playing partner, Jordan Spieth.
Jan 24 - 5:25 PM

Tiger Woods opened his title defense of the Farmers Insurance Open with an even-par 36-36=72 on the South Course at Torrey Pines.

For the moment, he's just outside the top 60 on the leaderboard, so it gives some indication just how difficult the harder of the two tracks in play this week scored. Woods split seven (of 14) fairways and hit only 11 greens in regulation, so his knowledge of how to get up and down on the course probably came into play. That was no more evident than at the par-4 12th where he missed the green short before chipping to 16'4". He then buried the par save for what was his longest conventional conversion of the round. Two holes later, he circled a zero-putt birdie from seven yards away, his second of two birdies on the round. The only upset is that this is the first time in 14 appearances that he didn't break par in the lid-lifter. Expect a low number on the North on Friday.
Jan 23 - 7:35 PM

Tiger Woods will defend the Farmers Insurance Open this week at Torrey Pines.

Simply put, he's a master of Torrey Pines. Not only has he won this event seven times in 13 tries, he also won his most recent major on Torrey Pines South in 2008. Everyone remembers him hobbling around on one leg for 72 holes, only to find out he needed to go an extra round against Rocco Mediate for a Monday win. Considering Woods has won here at a clip of better than 50 percent of the time, he is the clear chalk in any fantasy format.
Jan 21 - 8:54 PM

Tiger Woods is not listed in the published field of next week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson join the world's top-ranked golfer in electing not to tee it up at Kapalua come Friday when the tournament is scheduled to begin. This is not a surprise for Woods, of course, as he hasn't competed in the event since 2005, but it's worth confirming. It also allows us to now focus on how the early part of his 2014 schedule will shape up. He's already announced that the Farmers Insurance Open on Jan. 23-26 will mark his return to competition on the PGA TOUR. He opened his 2013 slate with a victory at Torrey Pines. His agenda thereafter is cloudy, however, as it could be difficult for him not to support girlfriend Lindsey Vonn in person at the Winter Olympics in February. He'll probably play the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Jan. 30-Feb. 2, but the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship is Feb. 19-23. Regardless, Woods rem
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 06:04:00 PM