Tiger Woods releases statement on back pain and future medications

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 26: Tiger Woods eyes his putt on the eleventh hole on the South Course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course on January 26, 2017. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
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The golfing career of Tiger Woods has been the aspect least in the spotlight of late, as Woods was arrested in May for a DUI. He would be released later that day, after he admitted that a combination of his prescription drugs caused the incident.

On Monday, he released a statement via his Twitter account:

“I’m currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder. I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding especially the fans and players on tour.”

Woods returned to the golf course in December 2016 after missing the previous 15 months after recovering from back surgery. He wouldn’t last long on that return, announcing he would not even attempt to compete in the 2017 Masters as he recovers from the back surgeries that have stunted his playing career.

The last PGA Tour win that Woods has to his resume came in August 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational. He won five events that year, giving him a total of 79 first-place finishes for his career, which places him second all-time to only Sam Snead, who he trails by three victories.

His last Major victory came in 2008 at the U.S. Open, which he won in a playoff. For his career, he has totaled 14 Majors, having finished in the Top 6 at the Masters for seven consecutive years from 2005-2011.

Woods will likely miss at least the remainder of the 2017 golf year as he continues to recover from another back surgery.

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