In one of the greatest sports comebacks in recent memory, Tiger Woods became the second oldest player to win the Masters this weekend. With eleven years since his last major win and 14 since he last put on the green jacket at Augusta, the embattled former champion overcame a DUI, plenty of media shaming, and significant injury woes to win his fifth Masters this weekend. His return to form included many starts and stops and took him through North Texas when he received surgery at the Texas Back Institute.
In 2017, the Dallas Morning News wrote a piece about Dr. Richard Guyer, a orthopedic spine surgeon who performed an anterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery on Woods somewhere in North Texas in 2017, which the golfer described in a press release on his website. One of several back surgeries Woods has undergone over the years, the story details how severe the injuries were and how much they limited Woods living a normal life, much less playing professional golf.
WFAA detailed the surgery as well, which went through Woods’ abdomen in order to fuse two vertebrae together, leading to a quicker recovery, less pain, and a bump in business for the Texas Back Institute.
The surgery seemed to take, as Woods’ game has improved over the last couple years, culminating in taking the lead at the Masters as Francesco Molinari collapsed in the final round.