Tiger Woods has confirmed that, despite not being able to play, he will attend his event, the Hero World Challenge, which he has been hosting for his Tiger Woods Foundation for close to two decades. The event has been sponsored by Hero MotoCorp since 2014.
Woods said on his website (www.tigerwoods.com), "I will be attending my foundation-hosted Hero World Challenge but won't be able to play. I appreciate everything that Hero does for the Tiger Woods Foundation, and I have a great personal relationship with Mr. (Pawan) Munjal (Chairman and CEO of Hero MotoCorp). I look forward to being there to support my event."
He also said, “I'd like to send my regrets to Frys and all those associated with the America's Golf Cup. Those were two events I was really looking forward to playing. I was ready to start the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season at Frys, and I was excited to join my good friend Matt [Kuchar] in Mexico City.”
"I appreciate the fans' concern and support," he said. "This is unfortunate, but these things happen. I've been injured before and played again. It won't be any different this time."
"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."
Tiger had felt some occasional discomfort in the back and hip area the last several weeks, including at the Wyndham Championship. This was discovered to be coming from his back and Woods chose to have surgery quickly in order to return to the PGA TOUR as soon as possible in early 2016.
Woods will begin intensive rehabilitation and soft tissue treatment within a week. Though healing and recovery times differ for each individual based on many physiological factors, but Tiger is encouraged he can return early in 2016.
The 14-time major champion and winner of more than 100 events worldwide is hoping to return in early 2016. This is his second surgery on the back after the first on March 31, 2014.
The surgery was performed late Wednesday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich. Dr. Rich also performed the initial operation.
"Tiger Woods underwent a microdiscectomy late on Sept. 16 at Park City Medical Center," Dr. Rich said. "With the upcoming offseason, the decision was made to remove a small disc fragment that was pinching his nerve. The microsurgery was a complete success, and he was discharged Thursday night."
Although a full recovery is expected, Tiger will be unable to play in the Frys.com Open, Bridgestone America's Golf Cup presented by Value in Mexico City and the Hero World Challenge at Albany in the Bahamas.