Woods has 5th back surgery

New York: Tiger Woods has suffered a setback with his back, disclosing that he recently had a fifth surgery that will keep him from starting the year until after the West Coast Swing on the PGA Tour.

Woods will not play next week in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, which he has won seven times, most recently in 2013. He also won the US Open in 2008 at Torrey Pines, which hosts the US Open again in June.

He also will miss the Genesis Invitational on February 18-21 at Riviera, where he serves as tournament host.

In a statement on Tuesday from his TGR Foundation, which Woods also tweeted, he did not say when he had the microdiscectomy surgery. It was to remove a pressurised disc fragment that was giving him nerve pain during the PNC Championship last month that he played with 11-year-old son Charlie.

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