Citing “someone with knowledge of his condition,” GolfWeek’s Jeff Rude reported that Tiger Woods has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back, though he won’t require surgery.
It could have been much worse, the person said, because Woods doesn’t have the kind of herniated disk that likely would require an operation.
ESPN’s Bob Harig reported that Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, would not confirm the report in an email exchange.
“Nothing has changed since the announcement on Tuesday. He is resting and [we’ll] evaluate in the coming days.”
Woods withdrew from the final round of the Honda Classic after 13 holes due to back pain, closed out the Cadillac Championship in visible discomfort en route to a 78 — a career-worst for the final round — and withdrew prior to the start of this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, saying that the “back spasms and the pain haven’t subsided.”
“It’s too early to know about the Masters,” said Woods in announcing his withdrawal on his website, “and I will continue to be evaluated and work closely with my doctors.”
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