Tiger Woods injury timeline: What injuries the 15-time major winner has suffered

Take a look at a detailed timeline of Tiger Woods' extensive injury record throughout his career.

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Thu, 25 Feb 2021

Tiger Woods injury timeline: What injuries the 15-time major winner has suffered

Tiger Woods has a seriously long history with injuries, potentially caused by his intense training programme as a young PGA Tour professional, that saw him run eight miles every single day, as well as train in the gym and on the golf course.

The 45-year-old was currently out of action after undergoing another back surgery and was enduring a rehabilitation programme in an attempt to be fit and ready for The Masters in April, but his car crash on Tuesday has put any thoughts of Augusta right to the back of his mind, with the focus now on being able to walk properly again.

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It wasn't long ago when Woods revealed his seriously intense daily workouts as a 24-year-old trying to burst onto the PGA Tour, which involved running four miles first thing in the morning, before going to the gym to lift weights, followed by two to three hours of range practice, play some holes, return to work on his short game, run another four miles and then play basketball or tennis if the option was there.

Woods admits he regrets running so much as a young golfer and believes that had he not put in so many miles, he wouldn't have sustained so many knee injuries.

In April 2008, Woods underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, the first of many injuries, which you can see in the timeline below.

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TIGER WOODS INJURY TIMELINE

April 2008 - Woods undergoes surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and needs two months off to rest and recover, while two stress fractures in his left tibia also need time to heal.

June - Later that year, despite serious leg pain, Woods goes on to win the US Open and shortly after has surgery to repair a torn ACL, which sidelined him for nine months.

May 2010 - Woods is forced to withdraw from one of his favourite tournaments - The Players Championship - due to an inflamed facet joint causing neck pain, keeping him out of action for a few weeks.

April 2011 - Woods feels more pain in his left leg and as a precaution, withdraws from the Wells Fargo Championship.

May - Another three months out of action for Woods after spraining a medial collateral ligament and straining the Achilles tendon in his left leg.

March 2012 - Further pain in his left Achilles tendon causes Woods to withdraw from the WGC-Cadillac Championship

June 2013 - This time it's a problem in his upper body that sidelines Woods, with an elbow strain keeping him out of action for several weeks.

August - The injury that caused the famous scene of Woods collapsed on the floor with back spasms during the final round of The Barclays.

March 2014 - The back issues continue for Woods and he withdraws from the Honda Classic and pulls out of the Arnold Palmer Classic.

April - Woods misses the first Masters of his career after having surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his back.

August - A few months later Woods is clearly suffering at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship which results in a four-month break from the game.

February 2015 - Another back issue occurs, causing Woods to withdraw from the Farmers Insurance Open and take two months out.

September - Woods undergoes another back surgery and takes the remainder of the year off.

October - Another surgery is needed in Woods' back and he says he expects a a 'long and tedious' recovery

April 2017 - A fourth surgery is required on his back to remove a damaged disk.

December - Seven months later Woods makes his long-awaited return at the Hero World Challenge

March 2019 - Woods withdraws from the Arnold Palmer Invitational with neck pain.

August - After claiming his 15th major in April, Woods needs surgery a few months later to repair damaged cartilage in his left knee, sidelining him for two months.

March 2020 - Woods misses both the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Players Championship with back issues.

December - A fifth back surgery is needed and Woods starts his road to recovery, hoping to be back for The Masters, but now faces a lengthy time away from golf following his car crash.

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