Tiger Woods Out for 2008 Season

Tiger Woods Out for 2008 Season Tiger Woods’ surgically repaired knee was clearly bothering him during the U.S. Open but it’s apparently much worse than we thought: He needs surgery and rehabilitation that will sideline him the rest of the year, including two more Majors.

This, from Woods’ official site:

“I know much was made of my knee throughout the last week, and it was important to me that I disclose my condition publicly at an appropriate time. I wanted to be very respectful of the USGA and their incredibly hard work, and make sure the focus was on the U.S. Open,” said Woods. “Now, it is clear that the right thing to do is to listen to my doctors, follow through with this surgery, and focus my attention on rehabilitating my knee.”

A date for the knee surgery, as well as the necessary rehabilitation schedule, has not yet been determined.

“While I am obviously disappointed to have to miss the remainder of the season, I have to do the right thing for my long-term health and look forward to returning to competitive golf when my doctors agree that my knee is sufficiently healthy,” said Woods. “My doctors assure me with the proper rehabilitation and training, the knee will be strong and there will be no long-term effects.”

It’s simply amazing that he managed to play 91 holes at the U.S. Open, including a 19-hole playoff, in that condition. And win.

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Comments

  1. sam says:

    It’s simply amazing that he managed to play 91 holes at the U.S. Open, including a 19-hole playoff, in that condition. And win.

    Even moreso, since I just heard on the Golf Channel that, when he was preparing for the Memorial, he suffered two stress fractures of the tibia–and they weren’t healed when he played last week.

  2. Triumph says:

    I’m amazed that anyone can get hurt playing golf. Any game you can play while smoking a cigarette isn’t a real sport.

    Also, given the fact that we’re at war, playing golf seems kind of disrespectful to the troops.

    It serves this guy right.