Tiger Woods announced Thursday that he underwent another surgery to help alleviate pain in his back and leg, which effectively ended his season.
Woods sought a new doctor for his fourth procedure since 2014, this time entrusting Dr. Richard Guyer of the Center for Disc Replacement at the Texas Back Institute.
Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, said the approach was "something dramatically different than he's done in the past." Adding, "This is the best and only way to have a healthy, active lifestyle, be able to play with his kids, play golf and not be in pain," according to Bob Harig of ESPN.
The 14-time major champion has played in just three competitive rounds this season, and hasn’t teed up since withdrawing in early February from the Dubai Desert Classic.
“You can continue to try and do the band-aid approach, but if you want that healthy, active lifestyle, it was recommended that this is the way to go at this point and the doctor was very pleased with the result,” said Steinberg. “Tiger kind of feels a weight off his shoulders as this is a path to recovery.”
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