Tiger’s got company: 9 bad backs that affected careers

Tiger Woods’ back is back in the news. He underwent surgery for a pinched nerve, an operation that will force him to miss the Masters for the first time in his career.

He missed time due to back and neck issues in 2010, and he tweaked his back last fall during The Barclays. Back issues again surfaced a month ago at the Honda Classic, where Woods was forced to pull out early. He completed the WGC-Cadillac Championship a week later, but hasn’t competed since.

We hope the surgery fixes Woods’ issues, because we all know backs can be a pain in the back. They’ve crippled countless athletes over the years. Here are 9 of the more notable names to succumb to back pain:

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