Woods future plunged into doubt again after ankle surgery

Ronan MacNamara

Tiger Woods (Photo by Maddie Meyer/PGA of America/PGA of America via Getty Images )

Tiger Woods underwent surgery on his ankle on Wednesday as his future in the game becomes even more uncertain.

Woods withdrew from the Masters prior to round three after aggravating his plantar fasciitis but he had cut a pain stricken figure throughout the week.

His withdrawal was a shame after he battled valiantly to equal the Masters cut record of 23 consecutive cuts – bringing him level with Gary Player and Fred Couples.


The fifteen-time major champion’s only previous Tour appearance had come at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera where a car accident in February 2021 almost cost him his right leg.

“Earlier today, Tiger Woods underwent a subtalar fusion procedure to address post-traumatic arthritis from his previous talus fracture,” a statement on Twitter said.

“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.

“Tiger is currently recovering and looks forward to beginning his rehabilitation.”

Plantar fasciitis has been a constant problem for Woods of late, it caused him to withdraw from his own Hero World Challenge in November although he teed it up in a cart at the PNC Championship.

No update has been given on whether the former world number one will play in next month’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

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