Tiger Woods has undergone successful fusion surgery on a bone in his ankle, 10 days after he withdrew from the Masters due to injury.
The operation was performed to address his post-traumatic arthritis from a previous talus bone fracture, Woods said in a statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday.
“Tiger is currently recovering and looks forward to beginning his rehabilitation,” the statement said.
Woods, 47, has been playing a limited schedule on a rebuilt leg following a 2021 car crash and pulled out of the year’s first major after re-aggravating a tissue inflammation that makes it difficult for him to walk.
He now looks highly likely to be out of next month’s US PGA Championship and questions will again be raised about how long the 15-time major champion can continue to compete at the highest level.
The statement on Woods’ social media channels read: “Earlier today, Tiger underwent a subtalar fusion procedure to address his post-traumatic arthritis from his previous talus fracture.
“It was performed by Dr Martin O’Malley at HSS Sports Medicine Institute in New York City. He has determined the surgery to be successful.
“Tiger is currently recovering and looks forward to beginning his rehabilitation.”
Woods feared his leg would have to be amputated due to the serious injuries he suffered in a car accident in Los Angeles in February 2021.
He made a remarkable return to action 14 months later and finished 47th in the Masters, but withdrew from the US PGA following a third-round 79 and did not contest the US Open before missing the cut in the 150th British Open at St Andrews.
Woods has accepted that he can only play a handful of times a year going forward and is targeting majors and events with which he has a personal connection.