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Tiger Woods undergoes 'successful' ankle surgery following Masters withdrawal

Tiger Woods undergoes 'successful' ankle surgery following Masters withdrawal
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Tiger Woods underwent "successful" ankle fusion surgery on Wednesday after withdrawing from the Masters golf tournament due to a reaggravated heel pain issue.

The golf star's team announced on social media on Wednesday that he had an operation in New York earlier that day to treat an arthritis issue from a previous ankle fracture.

"Earlier today, Tiger underwent a subtalar fusion procedure to address his post-traumatic arthritis from his previous talus fracture," Woods' team tweeted. "It was performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley at HSS Sports Medicine Institute in New York City. He has determined the surgery to be successful."

They added that Woods is now "in recovery" and "looking forward to beginning his rehabilitation".

The surgery has, however, cast doubt on his participation in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York between 18 and 21 May.

The 15-time major winner was forced to withdraw from the tournament during the third round earlier this month due to the ankle problem, which is the latest in a series of setbacks he has faced.

Woods, 47, sustained multiple leg injuries and underwent emergency surgery after he was involved in a serious car crash in February 2021. Firefighters and paramedics had to pull Woods from his vehicle, which was totalled after hitting a tree and rolling over several times. Woods nearly lost his leg but made a successful recovery.

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