I don't know. To have three surgeries in the same spot.
Only 81% return to their sports, and most have significant performance drop off. In the end the most common procedure for people who have multiple surgeries like this is to fuse the spine.
I don't think it's him giving up. I see it more as he is finally accepting his limits. He is not the same golfer after injuring himself. He can start working on a game/swing he can use. I look at Furyk and can see that he knows his limits and plays it, and he remains competitive. If Woods can find that zone where he is comfortable and hurt-free, we might see a few more wins.
I didn't play real well last week in Pinehurst, but I took a few photos at MidPines, one of my favorite courses in the area. First, the view down the first fairway:
An inviting drive down the hill, but then uphill to a deep contoured green.
Next, the green at the par-5 10th hole. A small green, very well protected.
That little gap into the green is a steep false front, pretty common at this course.
Third, the 15th, another par-5.
Seemingly easy, after a good drive you'll be hitting this shot from a downhill, right-to-left slope.. If you hit the draw that seems natural off that lie, the ball is ending up left of the green, unless you've aimed into the trees on the right and carried the bunker on that side. Notice the severe false front, and the long roll-off to the left of the green. Last, the 18th:
One of my favorite finishes in golf. This terrace has the best 19th hole view in the Pinehurst area.