Knee Surgery to End Tiger's Season

Suffered a stress fracture before Open
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 18, 2008 11:12 AM CDT
Tiger Woods holds on to his left knee after teeing off on the second hole during the fourth round of the US Open championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
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(Newser) – Tiger Woods will miss the rest of the season because of surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee, AP reports—an injury he has dealt with the last 10 months despite winning nine of 12 tournaments. Woods said on his website today he suffered a double stress fracture of his left tibia while preparing to return to the PGA Tour last month, which forced him to miss the Memorial and was the source of his pain at Torrey Pines when he won the US Open.

He had arthroscopic surgery April 15 to clean out cartilage in his left knee, bypassing ACL surgery with hopes it could get him through the 2008 season. But going 91 holes for his 14th career major made it impossible to play any longer. "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," Woods said.