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Report: Tiger Woods diagnosed with bulging disk
According to a report from GolfWeek's Jeff Rude, world No. 1 Tiger Woods has been diagnosed with a bulging disk in his back and will not need surgery.
Rude obtained the information from "someone with knowledge" of Tiger's condition.
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.
In his last two starts on the PGA Tour, Woods has suffered from back spasms. At the Honda Classic three weeks ago, the spasms were so bad, Woods withdrew 13 holes into the final round.
Woods played through the pain in the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral two weeks ago, but was forced to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational this past Tuesday at Bay Hill, where he was the defending champion (and an eight-time champion overall).
Woods has stated that his goal is to continue treatment with the hope that he'll be ready in time for the Masters, which begins on April 10.
“It's too early to know about the Masters, and I will continue to be evaluated and work closely with my doctors,” Woods said on his website Tuesday.
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