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NatPost Column: Could Woods' Knee be the Only Thing that Stops Him?

My latest National Post column discusses whether Tiger Woods second injury to his left knee could eventually be the one factor that topples him from the top of the PGA Tour. Having a meniscus done twice can lead to arthritis and eventual knee replacement — I know, as I’m in the process of trying to determine whether to have my right miniscus cleaned up after a tear.

Anyway, here’s a taste:

Is it possible that a balky knee will do to Tiger Woods what a host of rivals – from Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson through to young pretenders like Adam Scott and Camilo Villegas – have not been able to do?

That is a distinct possibility after Woods announced on Tuesday he had undergone surgery on his left knee for the second time in the past six years. The knee had further cartilage damage, Woods explained in a note on his Web site, and though it was painful, he had decided to wait until after the Masters to have it dealt with. Woods finished second at the season’s first major, though he was rarely challenging for the lead.

“I made the decision to deal with the pain and schedule the surgery for after the Masters,” Woods said. “The upside is that I have been through this process before and know how to handle it.”

The full column is here.

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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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