Chronicles of Pain\nTiger Woods has had his share of injuries big and small\nFresh off his first semester at Stanford, Tiger Woods had surgery in December 1994 to remove scar tissue and two tumors from his left knee.\n\n Short-term damage: The surgery was mostly a preventative measure and it happened in the off-season, so not much.\n\n Long-term damage: Also not much; Woods rebounded by finishing T-41 in his first Masters and defended his U.S. Amateur title and we didn't hear about the left knee again until 2002.\nThe 1995 U.S. Open was his first, so the scrawny, 20-year-old Tiger was probably just not used to the heavy rough. After trying briefly to play through pain, he withdrew on the sixth hole of his second round (He shot 74 in the first round). Makes you feel for the guys who had been hacking out of that nastiness for years.\n\nShort-term damage: The pain of having to withdraw from your first U.S. Open was surely heartbreaking.\n\nLong-term damage: Didn't hear much from his left wrist after this, and it didn't seem to hinder his budding career.\nSeven years to the month from Tiger's first left knee surgery, he underwent a second procedure to drain fluid around his left ACL and remove several cysts.\n\nShort-term damage: Not having the option to play the first five events is tough, but Tiger probably would have only played two of them, anyway.\n\nLong-term damage: This was the start of recurring left knee issues, and forced him to overhaul his swing to make it less injury-prone and into a two-year major-less slump as a result.\nTiger ruptured his ACL while running on a golf course, and plays the rest of the season the through sporadic bouts of pain.\n\nShort-term damage: Some pain, but he still finished finishing first, first, T-2, first and first in his next five events, including victory at the 2007 PGA.\n\nLong-term damage: This remained a nagging injury for months, and eventually forced him into surgery.\nWith lingering pain in his left knee from his injury eight months prior, Tiger Woods decided to undergo surgery after the Masters.\n\nShort-term damage: Surgery forced him to miss the Memorial and the Players, surely the last thing he wanted to do after three wins and a second in his first five events.\n\nLong-term damage: He opted not to repair his ligaments so he could compete in the remaining three majors. Playing on it brought him a historic victory at the U.S. Open, but cost him the final two majors anyway.\nWith continuing ligament damage in his left knee, doctors tell the world No. 1 that he also has two stress fractures in his left tibia and advise him to go on crutches for three weeks.\n\nShort-term damage: Ignoring his doctors was a bold move, but at least he got a U.S. Open trophy out of it -- 91 painful holes later.\n\nLong-term damage: Reconstructive surgery eight days after the Open forced him to miss the rest of the season, and likely delayed his recovery.\nInjury to his right Achilles occurred during the offseason when he already wasn't playing, and seemed to come out of nowhere.\n\nShort-term damage: It was during the offseason, but it did limit his practice time during his hiatus from competition\n\nLong-term damage: We only heard about it once since this flair-up, and it was two years later.\nHaving been quietly playing through pain throughout the week, Tiger finally withdrew from the Players almost halfway through his final round after experiencing tingling down his right side.\n\nShort-term damage: It wasn't a bulging disc in his back like he had feared, but it was obviously bad enough to force Tiger to withdraw from one of the year's biggest events.\n\nLong-term damage: He finished T-19 at the Memorial and T-4 at the U.S. Open, his next two starts, and never made much mention of any neck problems thereafter.\nTiger opts for a cortisone shot to combat "lingering soreness." This was the only time we heard about Tiger's right Achilles since he first injured it in 2008.\n\nShort-term damage: Playing through some discomfort, Tiger loses in a playoff to Graeme McDowell in the Chevron World Challenge.\n\nLong-term damage: Outwardly at least, not much. This was the last we heard of it.\nThe minor sprain to his left Achilles was caused by his shot from the pine straw under the Eisenhower tree.\n\nShort-term damage: The injury happened with only 19 holes left to play at the Masters. He went on to shoot a final round 67 which lifted him into the top five, but with a fully healthy Achilles, who knows how low he could have gone.\n\nLong-term damage: The strain, though minor, kept him out for one tournament after the Masters, and was another factor in his already troublesome left leg.\nIt all went wrong for Tiger at the 2011 Players: His Achilles injury from the Masters acted up, followed by a flaring of his lingering knee injury combining with pain in his left calf.\n\nShort-term damage: He played poorly, and was forced into an early withdrawal -- his second consecutive WD from the Players in two years.\n\nLong-term damage: The injury forced Tiger to miss the U.S. Open for the first time since 1994.\nCiting pain in his left Achilles, Tiger was carted off the course following a bad tee shot on the 12th hole of his final round at the WGC at Doral.\n\nShort-term damage: Tiger tees it up nine days later at the Tavistock Cup then wins at Bay Hill five days after that. It begs the question: Could Tiger really not have made it through six more holes?\n\nLong-term damage: More so to his reputation than to his Achilles, as some began questioning the severity of his injuries.\nDespite no one noticing any signs of a left elbow injury at the Players, where he said it started, Tiger attributed his poor showings at the Memorial and the U.S. Open to elbow pain, which was aggravated further by the heavy U.S. Open rough.\n\nShort-term damage: Tiger decided to skip his own tournament because of the injury.\n\nLong-term damage: He won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational nearly two months after the U.S. Open without any signs of pain, which stoked some criticism that he was exaggerating his injuries.\nApparently stemming from a too-soft hotel bed, Tiger only played nine-holes of his pro-am because of a stiff neck and went to the ground on the 13th hole of the Barclays on Sunday from what he said was back pain.\n\nShort-term damage: If we take Tiger for his word, this injury probably cost him the tournament. He finished T-2, one stroke behind Adam Scott.\n\nLong-term damage: He was forced to pull out of friend Notah Begay's charity event, but played in the three remaining FedEx Cup Playoff events and the Presidents Cup.\nAfter a fairly successful Presidents Cup, Tiger Woods' 2014 season seemed to end before it started when his back issues returned.\n\nShort-term damage: The injury ushered Tiger to his worst-ever start to a PGA Tour season. He withdrew from the Honda Classic on the 67th hole citing the injury, was in visible pain throughout the WGC-Cadillac the following week and skipped the Bay Hill tournament (one he had previously won eight times) in March.\n\nLong-term damage: He delayed making an official announcement until a week before the 2014 Masters, but on April 1, Tiger announced back surgery would force him to skip the year's first major for the first time since 1994. Woods returned ahead of schedule at the Quicken Loans National in July and missed the cut by four shots.\nIn his third tournament back since back surgery, Woods re-injures his back on a shot from an awkward stance on the second hole at Firestone during the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.\n\nShort-term damage: Aside from his WD at the WGC-Bridgestone, relatively little. He played in the PGA Championship pain-free the next week.\n\nLong-term damage: It still remains to be seen to some extent, but considering his back was the cause for his withdrawal at the Farmers Insurance Open six months later, it doesn't look as though this injury will ever completely go away.\nAfter a disappointing, but pain-free, performance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open a week earlier, Tiger tweaked his back after a fog delay earlier in the day disrupted his routine. and withdrew on his 12th hole.\n\n Short-term damage: The withdrawal torches his plans to properly prepare for the 2015 Masters, and generates a wave of public scrutiny that is the last thing he needs.\n\n Long-term damage: Best case scenario? It's a precautionary WD caused by a random and unexpected fog delay. Worst case? It's confirmation that the Tiger who dominated for years is well and truly gone, and is never coming back.\nAfter seemingly being injury-free for most of 2015, Woods announces on Sept. 18 that he had a second microdiscectomy two days earlier. "With the upcoming offseason, the decision was made to remove a small disc fragment that was pinching his nerve," neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich said.\n\nShort-term damage: Woods will miss the rest of his 2015 schedule and likely the early part of 2016 as well. \n\nLong-term damage: Whether recovery from the latest back surgery extends into the major season is still to be determined, but for a player who has struggled to piece together consistent golf in recent years, this is another huge blow.