Tiger: I Am Not Retiring From Golf

The saga of Tiger Woods’ health has been mostly one frustrating disappointment after another.

The 14-time major winner has missed most of the past two years in his attempt to get his back (in addition to his head) healthy to a point where he can golf and look at least something like he once did.

Last month, another setback delayed his regular return, as he required another surgery: a spinal fusion this time.

Tiger opened up about his health, one month post-fusion, and had some encouraging words: he feels pretty good.


  • Surgery Needed: Tiger says the spinal fusion was necessary, as the pain was too strong to be able to play golf at the level he has become accustomed to.
  • Feeling Great: The April surgery has had very positive results, as Tiger said that he is feeling less pain than he has in years.
  • No Retirement Plans: Tiger reiterated that he does not want to retire and has no plans to move on from professional golf.
  • No Timetable For Return: There is no timetable for when Tiger could be back on the PGA Tour. His focus is on getting healthy, regardless of how long it takes.
  • Original Return: He originally returned to competitive action at the Farmers Insurance Open in February, missing the cut.
  • One More Round: Tiger played one more round: at the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic, but withdrew after an opening 77, and has not played since.
  • Thank You Davis Love III: Love has been especially encouraging for Tiger, informing him of his success after alleviating pain with a spinal fusion of his own.
  • Pamphlet About Peyton: Love suggested that Tiger talk to former NFL great Peyton Manning, who shattered professional records coming off a similar surgery.

“There’s no hurry. But, I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.”
Tiger Woods

This post appeared originally as part of the Daily Rundown.

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.

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