Tiger Woods announced on his website yesterday that he had a second surgery on his back and won't return to playing until 2016.
The microdiscectomy surgery was performed Wednesday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich. Woods had his first back surgery March 31, 2014, also performed by Rich.
Rich said on the website that he removed a small disc fragment from Woods' back that was pinching a nerve and called the surgery "a complete success."
"This is certainly disappointing, but I'm a fighter," Woods said. "I've been told I can make a full recovery, and I have no doubt that I will."
It has been a difficult season for Woods. He withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open after just 11 holes in February with back discomfort and took an indefinite break from golf. He made his return at The Masters in April and finished tied for 17th. But he missed the cut at the remaining three majors of the season -- the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship. Woods did not qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Woods, 39, will now look to return "early in 2016."