Tiger Woods Goes Under the Knife

Tiger Woods is recovering from his second knee operation in 10 weeks, having gone under the knife to repair torn ligaments.

The world number one was forced to have another operation only days after winning the US Open earlier this month, when his grueling 91 holes, including 19 holes of play-off golf against Rocco Mediate, aggravated his tender knee.

It was Woods’ first tournament after having an initial knee operation soon after April’s US Masters at Augusta, where he finished runner-up. His surgeon, Dr Thomas D. Rosenberg, said in an AP article:

“We were confident going into this surgery, and I am pleased with the results. There were no surprises during the procedure, and as we have said, with the proper rehabilitation and training, it is highly unlikely that Mr. Woods will have any long-term effects as it relates to his career.”

It was only after Woods won at Torrey Pines in San Diego, his 14th major title, that he revealed a double stress facture in his left tibia. This was in addition to the knee injury.

He then announced that he would miss the rest of the season, including the British Open and PGA Championship, in order to fully recover. Woods said:

“It was important to me to have the surgery as soon as possible so that I could begin the rehabilitation process. I am very appreciative of Dr. Rosenberg and Dr. Cooley and his staff’s guidance and look forward to working with them through the necessary rehabilitation and training. I look forward to working hard at my rehabilitation over the coming months and returning to the PGA Tour healthy next year.”

His absence from the British Open at Royal Birkdale means it is the first major he misses as a professional since he joined the pro ranks almost a dozen years ago. Woods’ first major title was the 1997 US Masters, which was also his debut major as a pro.

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