Tiger's World Of Hurt

These 27 reported instances create a telling story
September 07, 2016

Tiger Woods told Golf Digest's Jaime Diaz in 2005 that he has had a bad left knee since childhood. "It's because of the stuff I did as a kid," Woods said. "Wiping out on skateboards, crashing on dirt bikes, jumping off things. I banged it up pretty bad." After Woods' surgery to repair his ACL and cartilage following his 14th professional major title, the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Golf Digest surveyed 21 PGA Tour players to predict his future: 81 percent said, "Eventually he'll be the same old Tiger"; 14 percent said he would be "better than ever"; 5 percent said, "His best is probably behind him." Woods' key injuries are detailed here.

Has surgery to remove scar tissue and two benign tumors from his left knee.

Withdraws from the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills after injuring his left wrist playing a shot out of the rough.

Has surgery to drain fluid around his left ACL and to remove benign cysts.

Expresses doubts about whether he would be able to play because of an injured left shoulder blade but wins the WGC-American Express Championship.

Says he ruptured the ACL in his left knee while running on a golf course but wins five of his last six events of the year, including the PGA Championship.

After a runner-up finish in the Masters, has surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee.

Wins the U.S. Open with two stress fractures in his left tibia and ligament damage in his left knee. Has surgery after the Open to repair the ACL and cartilage in his left knee.

At the 2010 Masters, reveals that he played through a torn right Achilles tendon in 2008 that was re-injured in 2009.

Hospitalized overnight with a sore neck and a cut lip that required five stitches after driving his SUV over a fire hydrant and into a tree.

WDs from the Players Championship, citing neck pain that was later termed an inflamed facet joint.

Gets cortisone shot in his right ankle for lingering soreness in his Achilles.

Reveals a sprain of his left MCL and strained left Achilles after a shot from under the Eisenhower Tree at the Masters.

WDs from the Players Championship, citing his Achilles, the lingering knee injury and pain in his left calf.

Misses the U.S. Open, citing his left knee and Achilles.

WDs at Doral, citing pain in his left Achilles.

Announces he will miss the AT&T National, citing left-elbow pain suffered at the Players and aggravated at the U.S. Open.

Drops to the ground at The Barclays, citing back pain he attributes to sleeping on a too-soft hotel bed.

WDs from the Honda Classic, citing lower-back spasms.

Announces that a microdiscectomy procedure for a pinched nerve in his back will force him to miss the Masters.

WDs at Firestone, citing back spasms after a shot from an awkward lie.

WDs at Torrey Pines, citing back pain and fog delays that kept him from getting his "glutes" activated.

Undergoes a second micro-discectomy procedure to remove a small disc fragment that was pinching a nerve.

Announces he has undergone a follow-up procedure to relieve back discomfort.

Says there is no timetable for a return, adding, "There's nothing to look forward to."

Agent Mark Steinberg says speculation that Woods suffered a serious setback is "completely false."

Steinberg says Woods would continue to rehab and assess when he would start play in the 2016-'17 season.