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Tiger Has Knee Surgery — Shuts it Down for Four to Six Weeks

Tiger Woods suddenly announced yesterday that he’s had surgery on his troublesome left knee, the same knee he had scoped in 2002.

“I made the decision to deal with the pain and schedule the surgery for after the Masters,” Woods said in a statement on TigerWoods.com. “The upside is that I have been through this process before and know how to handle it. I look forward to working through the rehabilitation process and getting back to action as quickly as I can.”

Woods said he doesn’t expect the surgery to be a significant setback.

“The upside is that I have been through this process before and know how to handle it.

“I look forward to working through the rehabilitation process and getting back to action as quickly as I can.”

The goal is for Woods to be back by June in time for the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, a course he devours.

However, one has to wonder about the long term implications. Woods had surgery on the same knee in 2002 and then reworked his swing with Hank Haney in an attempt to mitigate further problems. That has proven ineffectual. Could it be that injuries to the knee are what finally derail Woods’ greatness? What a shame it would be to have injuries limit in any way the greatest athlete of my generation.

Woods has been playing hurt and apparently it has been affecting his game. After all, he only has seven wins during the period in which he has been hurt. He even lost a tournament a couple of times. Now imagine how well he could have played had his knee not been giving him difficulty.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • Let’s hope that Tiger doesn’t turn out like Bobby Orr – the greatest ever with his career cut short due to knee injuries.

  • “the greatest athlete of my generation” ???

    RT…….you sure have changed your views of Tiger….at least in this column.

    I wonder if he injured his knee with that awkward fist pump at the 2007 PGA?

  • Same old dilemma for the dedicated sports fan.

    What would golf be without Tiger for the next two decades?

    It would be considered reckless to push a wounded race horse. But how ironic, not to mention cruel, it would be if, of all golfers, Tiger could not enjoy his retirement by golfing.

    So powerful, so disciplined that joint has to withstand precisely the same extreme stresses swing after swing.

    Almost revives the old debate of the advantages of ambidextrous styles. Could Tiger win swinging left when he returns?

    Tiger is now, officially, not just a pro, not just an athlete, but an old soldier – battle scars and all.

    He’ll be back.

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