REVEALED: Tiger Woods might not play golf for a YEAR after ankle surgery and may need a rolling stroller to move around as he heals, claims an ex-PGA professional who is now a surgeon
- It was revealed on Wednesday Tiger Woods, 47, had surgery on his ankle
- Now, it has been claimed that he might not play golf again until next year
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Tiger Woods might not be able to play golf again until the 2024 Masters after ankle surgery on Wednesday, according to Bill Mallon – an ex-PGA Tour professional who is now a surgeon.
Woods underwent a procedure in New York on Wednesday that was described as successful, 10 days after withdrawing from The Masters having reaggravated plantar fasciitis at Augusta.
No timeline was given for any potential return in his statement, but Maher has provided a breakdown of what the surgery is and what it means for any hopes of Woods getting back out of the course in a competitive capacity.
In a lengthy thread of tweets, Mallon, an orthopaedic surgeon, explained: ‘Tiger will be in either a cast, a splint, or a boot for a period of time – its at the surgeon’s discretion. He will likely get around using a rolling stroller, in which you rest your knee on a padded surface, bend your knee, and that leg will roll along.
‘It usually takes 6 weeks to 3 months for the fusion to take effect, and Tiger will have limited weight-bearing during that time, which again will be at the surgeon’s discretion, and also depends on how the fusion is healing.
Tiger Woods, 47, once again faces a long road to recovery after his latest surgery
Woods had surgery on his ankle in New York on Wednesday, to offset pain caused by arthritis
Bill Mallon (right) an ex-PGA Tour professional who is now a surgeon, made the assessments
‘Can he play golf again? Yes, but that’s at least 6 months to a year in the future. His tournaments for 2023 are likely over, and I would not be surprised to not see him play again until Augusta 2024.
‘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.’
In a separate tweet, Mallon said he was surprised Woods cited plantar fasciitis as the cause of his Masters withdrawal, adding that arthritis – which was referenced in the Woods statement after his surgery – would likely have caused him more pain at Augusta.
‘The plantar fasciitis explanation at Augusta surprised me given the degree he was limping,’ Mallon said. ‘It’s painful but nothing like midfoot/hindfoot arthritis, which I suspect was the source of most of his pain. They could also be related.’
Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent, was quoted by Associated Press saying: ‘He’s resting now and will start the recovery process.
‘The first goal is to recover and lead a much more enjoyable day-to-day life.’
A statement posted on Woods’ social media channels on Wednesday read: ‘Earlier today, Tiger underwent a subtalar fusion procedure to address his post-traumatic arthritis from his previous talus fracture.
‘It was performed by Dr Martin O’Malley at HSS Sports Medicine Institute in New York City. He has determined the surgery to be successful.
Woods was visibly in discomfort as he hobbled around the course at Augusta recently
Woods said before the tournament at Augusta that he could be playing his final Masters
Woods has accepted before that he can only play in tournaments that he is connected to
‘Tiger is currently recovering and looks forward to beginning his rehabilitation.’
Woods feared his leg would have to be amputated due to the serious injuries he suffered in a car accident in Los Angeles in February 2021.
Before this latest surgery, Woods had accepted that he can only play a handful of times a year going forward and is targeting majors and events with which he has a personal connection.
Speaking at Augusta before competing in this year’s Masters, Woods suggested it could be his last tournament there as a competitor.
‘I don’t know how many more I have in me,’ he said, pre-tournament. ‘I’m very lucky to have the leg.
‘Mobility and endurance – going forward it will never be the same. I can’t prepare and play as many tournaments as I’d like but that’s ok and I’m ok with it.’
Wet weather caused delays and backlogs to proceedings at Augusta, meaning Woods faced playing 29 holes on the fourth day at The Masters.
The 15-time major winner scraped through to the weekend after making the cut by a single shot, but was battered by the conditions at the start of his third round and he dropped to the bottom of the leaderboard at +9.
Cameras caught him heavily limping during the final moments of Saturday before play was suspended due to the weather conditions, and the next day Woods confirmed he will not return to the course.
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