The 15-time main winner made the lower at Augusta Nationwide regardless of admitting to “fixed” ache, solely to tug out of the main earlier than the resumption of the rain-delayed third spherical.
Visibly struggling to stroll throughout a grim begin to his spherical, Woods later defined that the withdrawal was as a consequence of a reaggravation of his plantar fasciitis, a tissue irritation that causes ache on the underside of the foot.
The surgical procedure, carried out at HSS Sports activities Drugs Institute in New York Metropolis, was deemed to be “profitable” by Dr Martin O’Malley, in line with a put up from Woods’ Twitter account.
“Earlier right this moment, Tiger Woods underwent a subtalar fusion process to deal with post-traumatic arthritis from his earlier talus fracture,” the assertion stated.
“Tiger is at the moment recovering and appears ahead to starting his rehabilitation.”
The assertion didn’t specify a timeline for Woods’ restoration course of or return to aggressive motion. The following main on the calendar, the PGA Championship at Oak Hill in New York, looms on Could 18.
The golf icon’s aggressive appearances have been sporadic since struggling extreme leg accidents in a severe automotive crash in 2021, with Woods prioritizing participating on the majors.
His twenty fifth look at The Masters marked simply his second aggressive occasion of the yr, and in 2022, his PGA Tour outings had been restricted to The Masters, The PGA Championship and The Open Championship.
Woods’ withdrawal at Augusta sparked additional questions on his future in recreation, with Woods himself not sure as to what number of Masters appearances he had left in him.
Sky Sports activities analyst Butch Harmon stated he had hoped Woods wouldn’t make the lower on the event, given the “agony” he noticed the golf legend enduring whereas navigating the hilly Augusta terrain.
“In case you look the place The Open is that this yr [Royal Liverpool], it’s pretty flat … US Open in LA – sure, the LA Nation Membership’s received some hills and stuff,” Harmon added.
“The problem right here [Augusta National] is the stroll, it’s simply such a tricky stroll for everyone and so I feel it needed to occur for his sake. Will we see him once more? Gosh, I hope so.”