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Golf Report: Tiger Woods gets season ending surgery on his ankle

Breaking news, Tiger Woods has gotten surgery. Now, when I write this surgery and the details of it, I just want y'all to know that I’m writing this in another language basically, because I have no idea what the hell any of this means. From what I understand, he received a surgery called “Subtalar Fusion surgery” to treat post traumatic arthritis. He had received it due to a former talus injury he received.

Tiger Woods 2008 US Open

The surgery took place in New York, and Tiger is now back home and resting. His agent says that there is “No timetable” on his recovery. Though, from what I have been reading, it's around 10-12 weeks before he’ll be back to normal activities.

HSS Sports Medicine Institute

He did NOT have his ankle fused. The subtalar joint is the joint below the ankle, which controls the side to side movement, was what was fused. This surgery is done to prevent and treat pain long term. I presume the only reason why this was done was because it’s affecting his day to day love. Golf is what he loves and if he can’t do that without pain, instead of giving up he decided to fuse the subtalar joint in order to continue playing golf.

Tiger Woods Masters

This definitely explains what we saw at the Masters where he limped worse than I think I have ever seen someone limp. I can't imagine he will be back this year at all, but this is very good news for Tiger fans as this essentially guarantees he's back next year and bette than ever.

Tiger Woods 2023 Masters

According to Dr. Martin Waldrop, who appeared on Foreplay Golf’s podcast, the subtalar joint becomes injured due to “Uneven Ground” which is an exact problem we have seen with Tiger. In the last 2 years, he has pulled out of many tournaments that have been hilly courses, like the US Open at The Country Club.

Tiger Woods frustrated

If I was a betting man, I'd expect Tiger to come back for the Hero tournament, since that course is very flat. After that, I’d imagine he plays the PNC with Charlie and continues to build from there. But, I don’t think we will be seeing Tiger again this year. Who knows, though. Crazier things have happened as we saw in 2019.


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