Orthopaedic surgeon and former PGA Tour player Bill Mallon believes Tiger Woods will not play a competitive tournament again until the 2024 Masters.
Woods, who withdrew during round three at The Masters, underwent surgery in New York on Wednesday to address post-traumatic stress in his right ankle that was caused by injuries he suffered when crashing his SUV in the hills of Los Angeles in 2021.
The 15-time major champion posted a statement on his own social media stating that Dr. Martin O'Malley at HSS Sports Medicine Institute performed the subtalar fusion procedure to address the arthritis caused by a previous talus fracture.
So when will Tiger Woods return?
Woods will not be able to hit balls again for at least another six months at the earliest, according to Dr Mallon.
That would mean Woods will miss the remainder of this season on the PGA Tour and be out of all three remaining majors - the US PGA, US Open and The Open. In fact Dr Mallon believes we won't see Woods in competitive action for a year, and he expects his return to come at the 2024 Masters.
Dr Mallon tweeted a lengthy thread after hearing Woods' latest news:
Can he play golf well again? Depends on your definition of well. He’ll never be the Tiger of 2000 or even 2015. The fact that this is his right foot/ankle is the saving grace, as you need motion in your left foot/ankle as you roll over it near impact. 15/end— Bill Mallon (@bambam1729) April 19, 2023
Mallon never won in four seasons on the PGA Tour between 1975 and 1979.
He did pick up three top-10 finishes with a best finish of tied fifth at the 1977 Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open.
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