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As Son Charlie Woods Carries Burden of His Father’s Legacy, When Will Tiger Woods Recover From His Surgery?

Published 09/27/2023, 10:30 AM EDT

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Good news for Tiger Woods‘ fans this week was his appearance at Mission Inn golf course. Unfortunately, the not-so-good news came on the heels of it – he did not appear in his usual avatar. As he caddied for his son, Charlie Woods, who went to win his second tournament this year, fans kept wondering when will senior Woods make a comeback in his usual form.

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It was only early this year when fans were hoping that the 15-time Major winner might make it to the Ryder Cup squad. But his injury in April poured cold water on that. Six months on, the enduring question now is: when will the maestro be seen swinging his clubs again?

How long will Tiger Woods’ recovery take?


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At the Masters in early April, Woods had to withdraw due to an ankle injury. The former World No.1 played for two full rounds, and part of the third round, when his plantar fasciitis injury forced him to pull out. Since then, he went on to miss the US Open, the PGA Championship and the Open Championship 2023.

After the Masters, Woods underwent a subtalar fusion surgery in April. As Bleacher Report reported, the recovery period is around three months, but it would take longer for him to tee up in the arena of professional golf.


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This also meant that there was no chance of seeing Woods at this year’s Ryder Cup in Italy. The USA captain Zach Johnson, appeared keen on including the eight-time Ryder Cup veteran in the squad in one capacity or another. However, his prolonged absence because of injury meant he couldn’t be considered for the squad.

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Injuries, one after another, have blighted the last legs of the golf legend’s career. Tiger Woods has struggled to find his footing after the tragic car accident in 2021. His return in the Masters in 2022, raised hopes among fans. However, in 2023 he has only played in two tournaments, finishing the Genesis Invitational, his last completed tournament, tied at the 45 position. After that, his return to the golf course was in the form a caddie for his son Charlie Woods.

Woods was seen caddying for his son Charlie Woods


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Charlie Woods, still 14, shows several skills that his famous father is known to possess. And, Woods Jr. like his father, drove in an important putt to win his second title this year as his pop caddied for him.

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The 14-year-old, in the process, also notched his career-best performance by securing a final-round score of 66. Although, competitors breathed down his neck in the last few rounds, the teenage Woods, kept his calm and whipped up off nine birdies at a crucial juncture. Surely, having a caddie with 82 PGA Tour wins under his belt played some part in that.


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Woods is not the one to fade behind the cloak of adversity. Golf fans worldwide should hope to see the 15-time major winner in action in 2024. After all, we are talking about a man who won the 2008 US Open with a broken leg.

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Written by:

Parnab Bhattacharya


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Parnab is a budding golf writer at Essentially Sports. He is keen on exploring his newfound love for golf through his long-time passion for writing. With a strong knack for storytelling and experience in SEO content writing, he brings a unique blend of fluent writing and technical expertise.
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Prateek Srivastava