Tiger Woods shock: Former world No 1 makes huge announcement

Tiger Woods has undergone back surgeryGETTY

Tiger Woods has undergone back surgery

Tiger Woods has had another back surgery, this time to alleviate pain in his back and leg.

The former World No 1 put out a statement on his personal website.

"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.


Tiger Woods is hopeful the surgery will relieve him of his back problemsGETTY

Tiger Woods is hopeful the surgery will relieve him of his back problems

Due to previous herniations and three surgeries, Woods' bottom lower-back disc severely narrowed, causing sciatica and severe back and leg pain.

The 41-year-old will now rest for several weeks before beginning his rehabilitation.

The statement on his website claims "patients typically return to full activity in about six months".

Woods hasn’t played in a tournament since the Dubai Desert Classic in February, where he shot an opening-round, birdie-free 77.

He skipped the Masters, saying at the time he didn’t have a timetable for his return.