April 20, 2017 - 3:22pm
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Tiger Woods has undergone a fourth back surgery to "alleviate pain in his back and leg."

The news on the health front hasn't been good for Tiger Woods for a long time.

The disappointing news continued on Thursday when Woods revealed via his website, www.tigerwoods.com, that he has undergone a fourth back surgery to "alleviate pain in his back and leg."

RELATED: A history of Tiger Woods injuries and comebacks 

This was just two days after he hit a couple of balls at the site of his first public course design in Missouri at the Big Cedar Lodge.

Here's the complete statement from www.TigerWoods.com:

Tiger Woods announced today that he has undergone successful back surgery to alleviate ongoing pain in his back and leg.

"The surgery went well, and I'm optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain," Woods said. "When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long."

Due to previous herniations and three surgeries, Woods' bottom lower-back disc severely narrowed, causing sciatica and severe back and leg pain. Conservative therapy, which included rehabilitation, medications, limiting activities and injections, failed as a permanent solution, and Woods opted to have surgery. The procedure was a minimally invasive Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MIS ALIF) at L5/S1. The surgery entailed removing the damaged disc and re-elevating the collapsed disc space to normal levels. This allows the one vertebrae to heal to the other. The goal is to relieve the pressure on the nerve and to give the nerve the best chance of healing.

The operation was performed by Dr. Richard Guyer of the Center for Disc Replacement at the Texas Back Institute.

"After he recovers from surgery, he will gradually begin his rehabilitation until he is completely healed," Guyer said. "Once that's accomplished, his workouts will be geared to allowing him to return to competitive golf.

"If you are going to have single-level fusion, the bottom level is the best place for it to occur. Some individuals are born with one less vertebrae, which would be similar to someone who had a single-level fusion," Guyer added.

Woods will now rest for several weeks, then begin therapy and treatment. While each procedure and case is unique, patients typically return to full activity in about six months.

"I would like to thank all the fans for staying in touch and their kind wishes," Woods said. "The support I have received has never waned, and it really helps."

Woods made one start on the PGA Tour this season, missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open -- his first official PGA Tour event since the 2015 Wyndham Championship, where he tied for 10th.

Woods played the next week in Dubai, but withdrew after experiencing back spasms while at dinner following the first round.  

Tiger Woods undergoes fourth back surgery to alleviate pain
April 20, 2017 - 2:16pm
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You never know what will happen on Twitter... like this late-night dust up between Shooter McGavin and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Twitter can be a crazy place at times. You never know what you're going to find.

For instance, on Wednesday night, hours after Green Bay Packers quarterback told ESPN's Rob Demovsky that golf was going to take a "back seat" to his offseason workouts, someone you may know decided to pick a Twitter fight with the star quarterback.

That someone? Shooter McGavin from the movie "Happy Gilmore" (or, at least the guy who plays McGavin on Twitter).

McGavin was obviously a little chapped about Rodgers' decision to have golf play second fiddle to anything and sent the former Super Bowl champ this tweet:

Rodgers fired back:

And then this fake fight got fun:

For what it's worth, Rodgers is scheduled to play in the Web.com Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am in late May.

With any luck, Shooter will also be there.

Aaron Rodgers, Shooter McGavin engage in late-night Twitter fight
April 20, 2017 - 12:52pm
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We've watched this shot roughly 15 times and still can't believe it didn't stay in the hole.

A fairly common cry from golfers of any ability is: "How did that not go in?"

In a lot of cases, the answer is simple if tou ask said golfer's playing companions.

Among those answers you might keep to yourself: "Uh, dude, you didn't hit it hard enough"; Umm... you were never on line in the first place"; "What shot were you looking at?"

None of those snarky replies apply to Web.com Tour player Jimmy Gunn from Scotland in the first round of the United Leasing & Finance Championship in Indiana on Thursday.

That dude got straight-up hosed with his second shot into the par-4 12th hole.

Check out this shot, which bounces on the green, hits near the top of the flagstick, bounces straight down, disappearing into the cup before inexplicably hopping back out and settling within inches of the cup for a tap-in birdie.

Are you too good for your home, ball?!

Surely Gunn won't be disappointed with the birdie that got him to 5 under for the day and in sole possession of the lead at the time. 

Approach shot falls into bottom of the cup, bounces out
April 20, 2017 - 11:00am
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Chinese golfer Wu Ashun made what might just be the best par of the year on Thursday in the Shenzen International.

Feast your eyes on what has got to be an early candidate for "par save of the year."

Chinese golfer Wu Ashun found himself in quite a predicament after an errant drive on the par-4 10th hole at Genzon Golf Course in the first round of the European Tour's Shenzhen International in China on Thursday.

His recovery, however, was nothing short of world class.

That was just silly.

Ashun was at 1 under through 16 holes and in a tie for 32nd when play was suspended for the day due to darkness.

Bubba Watson is the tournament's early leader after firing a 6-under 66.

This is one of the best par saves you'll ever see
April 19, 2017 - 2:24pm
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PGA Champion Jimmy Walker revealed in a press conference at the Valero Texas Open on Wednesday that's he's been diagnosed with Lyme Disease.

PGA Champion Jimmy Walker said he has felt fatigued since around Thanksgiving.

After a long PGA Tour season, his first major championship title at Baltusrol and a scintillating Ryder Cup win at Hazeltine, most might think the late-year fatigue was normal.

But lasting this long? Walker knew something wasn't right.

On Wednesday during a press conference at the Valero Texas Open, Walker told the media that he found out the Wednesday of Masters week the reason for his fatigue was discovered: Lyme disease.

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well.

"My health is OK, I've just been very tired and fatigued," Walker said. "I've had no strength and it comes and goes in waves. It just hasn't been real fun. I actually tested positive for Lyme disease. I found that out the Wednesday of Augusta. We've been talking to a lot of doctors and I think that was more of what was going on as opposed to the mono.

"I think I've had it for a little while now," Walker added. "I haven't felt real good since Thanksgiving. I'm holding strong to that, but how long I've had it? I don't know. But I know I haven't felt great since about then. I've been talking to doctors and trying to figure out the course of action to take and get on some meds to get it going in the right direction."

Walker, a former Valero Texas Open champion, will play in this week's event -- he's a San Antonio resident.

He said there's still some results left to come in from outstanding tests, but is in the process of formulating a plan of action.

"We're trying to get all the information on what's going on first before we go," Walker said. "I'm not beging treated yet. But I'm ready."



PGA Champion Jimmy Walker diagnosed with Lyme Disease