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More Surgery for Woods?

[photopress:woods_1_2_3_4.jpg,full,alignleft]That’s how it appears according to reports, and what I’m hearing. According to one reporter, there will be a news report out of the Woods camp tomorrow on the status of the knee. It doesn’t look good — and even David Feherty suggested to me on Monday that we don’t know the full extent of the damage to Woods’ knee. “You’ll be amazed when you hear the full story,” he said, alluding to some saga that we’ve not yet heard. I’m hearing there will be a statement clarifying Woods’ status tomorrow.

In the meantime, Thomas Bonk at the LA Times suggests Woods could be out for the remainder of the year:

The U.S. Open was Woods’ fifth PGA Tour event this year and his first in two months since he had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

There has been speculation that Woods’ left knee requires further surgery, that he might need a procedure such as microfracture surgery, along the lines of what Greg Oden, the No. 1 draft pick of the Portland Trail Blazers, needed. Oden sat out this NBA season.

Microfracture surgery stimulates the growth of cartilage. Woods has had surgery on his left knee three times, the last occasion two days after the Masters to clean out cartilage.

Those in Woods’ camp would not speculate about the possibility that such a surgery is needed.

With the silver U.S. Open trophy gleaming nearby on a table as Woods answered questions after his victory, he admitted that doctors had told him he risked further injury if he played at Torrey Pines.

Asked whether he had indeed injured himself further, Woods said simply, “Maybe.”

I’m hearing the news will be shocking tomorrow. We’ll see how this plays out — but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Bonk is correct and we’ve seen the last of Woods for 2008.

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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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