Will Tiger Woods Play Golf Again After Subtalar Fusion Procedure?
Golf fans around the world were thrown into shock after 15-time Major champion Tiger Woods recently underwent yet another surgery on his lower right leg. Woods had severely injured his right leg in a car accident earlier in 2021, and withdrew from the third round of the Masters this month after definitely struggling to walk on the course.
The post on the former world No. 1’s official Twitter account confirmed that he went through a “subtalar fusion procedure” to address the post-traumatic arthritis from his previous talus fracture, which is located just below the ankle joint. The procedure, which was performed by doctor Martin O’Malley at the HSS Sports Medicine in New York City, is popularly known to deal with pain relief. Unfortunately, no timetable was given for Woods’ recovery and potential return to golf.
Woods had previously suffered from plantar fasciitis, which is a kind of inflammation of the tissue band on the bottom of the foot, and had pulled out of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in November 2020. He had also made the cut at last year’s Masters and at the Genesis Invitational PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club in February 2021. However, Woods had to pull out from the 2022 PGA Championship after making the cut, and missed the cut at the Open Championship at St Andrews last year.
His recent surgery has put his professional golf future in doubt, and Woods has only competed in 5 tournaments since his car crash in Los Angeles, only completing 72 holes twice. When asked about his future in the sport during the Masters tournament this month, Woods had expressed uncertainty saying that he was unsure of how many more tournaments his leg can survive and that he felt “very lucky” to still have his right leg.
At the moment, fans of golf are still eagerly awaiting news regarding the future of Tiger Woods and the possibility of his great comeback. Until then, the only thing that can be ascertained with certainty is that the golf legend is determined to push himself as hard as possible in order to get back on the course. But with this recent surgery, it remains to be seen when or if Tiger Woods will be able to hit the greens anytime soon.