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Tiger Woods OUT for the rest of 2008

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
Categories: Golf MediaPGA TourTiger Woods

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They’re on suicide watch at Tiger Golf Channel following the announcement on Tiger Woods’ web site that he’ll miss the remainder of the 2008 PGA Tour season.

Tiger was more injured than anyone knew. Along with all the knee problems, he had a double stress fracture in his tibia (shin bone).

Tiger hasn’t gone under the knife yet, but he’ll be having reconstructive knee surgery and rehab of his fractures.

How long will Tiger’s body hold out the way he plays now?

In watching Tiger play and all the focus on his knee I’ve come to a conclusion.  He CAN’T continue to play and put that much torque and stress on his knee or other parts of his body.  He needs to develop a swing which is less hard on him physically.  That’s the way he can catch and pass Jack Nicklaus’ or Sam Snead’s records.  Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Jack and many of the greats who have long careers didn’t have such a violent swing with the driver.  So what if Tiger loses a few yards if he tones it down a bit.  He’d still be plenty long off the tee and just might find a few more fairways.

Tiger’s Press Release Below

Just days after winning the 2008 U.S. Open in a dramatic sudden-death playoff, Tiger Woods announced that he will be forced to undergo reconstructive Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery on his left knee and will miss the remainder of the PGA TOUR season.

In addition to the knee surgery, Woods will require the time off to rehabilitate a double stress fracture of his left tibia that was discovered last month just prior to the Memorial Tournament. The stress fractures were attributed to Woods’ intense rehabilitation and preparations for the U.S. Open. Doctors have assured Woods that the stress fractures will heal with time.

“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.”

Woods originally ruptured the ACL in 2007 following The Open Championship when he was running at his home in Orlando. At that point, he elected to not have surgery, and instead attempted to play through the pain. Following the injury, Woods went on to win five of the next six events he entered, including the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the PGA Championship, the BMW Championship, the TOUR Championship and the Target World Challenge, while also finishing second at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He carried that streak over into 2008, winning his first four events of the year, the Buick Invitational, the Dubai Desert Classic, WGC-Accenture Match Play and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

In the fall of 2007, Woods decided to forego a number of playing opportunities to allow the knee time to heal in preparation for the 2008 season. He still experienced pain early in 2008, however, and in an effort to allow him to play through the remainder of the season, elected to have arthroscopic surgery immediately following the Masters to clean out cartilage damage. The cartilage damage in fact developed as a result of the ACL injury, and Woods’ hope was that the arthroscopic surgery would get him through the remainder of the season and allow him to delay the ACL surgery until after the season.

“My rehabilitation schedule after the arthroscopic surgery was designed with the goal of returning to play at the Memorial, but the stress fractures that were discovered just prior to the tournament unfortunately prevented me from participating and had a huge impact on the timing for my return,” said Woods. “I was determined though, to do everything and anything in my power to play in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, which is a course that is close to where I grew up and holds many special memories for me. Although I will miss the rest of the 2008 season, I’m thrilled with the fact that last week was such a special tournament.”

Tiger Woods, ranked number one in the world on the Official World Golf Ranking and leading the 2008 PGA Tour Money Leaders list, has 65 PGA TOUR victories to his credit, including 14 major championships, ranking him third all-time in wins, just eight behind Jack Nicklaus and 17 behind the all-time leader Sam Snead. This past week, Woods also celebrated his 500th week as the number one ranked player in the world, a position he first attained eleven years ago on June 15, 1997.

“I would like to thank my fans and partners for their continual support and can assure everyone that I will be as dedicated to rehabilitating my knee as I am in all other aspects of my career,” said Woods

Updates on Woods’ surgical and rehabilitation time lines will be provided at a later date once a schedule has been finalized.

2 responses to “Tiger Woods OUT for the rest of 2008”

  1. Eat Golf says:

    What a bummer. That is a football players knee injury.

    I had an ACL surgery on my right knee back in the day – this is not something you bounce back from quickly – even being a super healthy athlete like Tiger is. If the ACL (the ligament that connects through the center of the knee from upper outside bone to lower inside bone and sort of holds everything together..) If you injure it bad enough (like I did bending my leg sideways in a motocross crash) it severs the ligament and then the ligament shrivels up and disappears (if you delay fixing it like I did). Then your knee has nothing holding it together. When any sideways pressure is applied to your knee the bones pops out of place (like Mel Gibson’s shoulder in that movie Lethal Weapon…) Hurts like heck when it happens and when you have to pop it back in ouch.

    What they do is take a sliver of that muscle that is covering / lower then your knee cap (that spot where the doctor taps with a rubber triangle mallet to check your bounce or whatever the hell) and then they fish that sliver through your knee and drywall screw it into each bone outside top and inside bottom. My scar is about 8 inches on the inside/center part of my knee and 4 inches on the outside/side. Took a few weeks before they even removed the staples. I don’t remember how long it took before I could bend my knee again.

    For me, because it was my right leg – I would have been able to play golf pretty quickly – but the left knee – no way with the twisting pressure of a golf swing. I was on crutches for what seemed like an entire semester of college doing phys therapy.

    Good news is that knee I had fixed is way better then my other one and is as good as new. They really fix it 100%.

    For his front leg – I bet he’ll be back hitting balls in less than 3 months and back on tour in under 6.

    As for that fracture tibia stuff – I don’t know – from my personal experience bones take forever to heal themselves of a fracture.

  2. ncgolf says:

    I saw his interview on ESPN and he said that he has not felt good for 10 years! Wow. I doubt he will regret making the decision to get better.

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