By Luis Petty |Staff Writer|
Tiger Woods, the winner of 14 Majors Golf Championships and considered by many to be the greatest golfer ever, may not be able to participate in the U.S. Open on June 12 due to the back surgery that he underwent in March.
According to an article by Emily Kay in SB Nation, Woods hopes to be ready and recovered by the time the U.S. Open starts in June, but his main priority is to recover and continue to play golf in the future.
“Prior to the surgery, I didn’t think I would have much of a playing career if I felt like this because I couldn’t get out of bed,” stated Woods, as he expressed his thoughts on maintaining his reputation in the world of golf to SB Nation.
Woods has already missed the Masters Championship because of his surgery this past April, and has not won a major title since 2008, according to SB Nation.
Woods stated that before the surgery his back pain was staggering and preventing him from playing at his full potential.
Adam Scott, as a result, took his place in the world golf rankings.
“Forget about playing golf at the highest level. I couldn’t get out of bed,” stated Woods
Woods feared that if his debilitation went unchecked, it would cause permanent damage and handicap him indefinitely from playing Golf.
He decided to undergo the microdiscectomy procedure.
“Now that I’ve had the procedure, I’m excited about what the prospects hold, that I’m able to feel this way, and if that’s the case, then I’m excited about my career,” stated Wood’s to SB Nation.
Woods has developed an impressive record and accumulated many awards throughout his career.
He has won the Masters Tournament four times with an impressive nine shot lead in 1997.
He has also won the PGA championship four times and the U.S. Open three times, accumulating to 14 total championships in his career.
He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record 11 times, the PGA Tour Player of the Year a record 11 times, and the PGA Tour Money Leader a record 10 times.
He is also the winner of the coveted Vardon Trophy, which is given to the PGA Tour’s leader in scoring average, a record nine times.
As well as a recipient of the Byron Nelson Award, given annually to the player with the lowest adjusted scoring average, a record nine times.
Obviously, based on the records and honors given to Woods, he is an extraordinary athlete among his professional competitors.
However, his ability to return to professional golf has been questioned by many of his sponsors and companies that have contracts with Woods.
Woods finds himself making a serious decision for his future as well for his career.
Woods should be able to recover in time for the U.S. Open, but there is no definite proof that this may be the case.
Woods explained that it is not up to him to decide when he can play, but up to his surgeons.
“I think that’s been kind of the realization to all of this is that there’s no date. It’s just take it on a daily basis,” stated Woods.
“It’s not going to be up to me whether I play or not. It’s going to be up to my docs. Obviously, I want to play now,” stated Woods. Woods would have to make sure that he makes the right decision for himself and for his career.