Wednesday June 18, 2008
UNDATED (AP) -- Tiger Woods' victory at the U.S. Open is proving
to be a costly one. A person with knowledge of the decision says
the world Number 1 will miss the rest of the season because of a
left knee that will require more surgery.
Woods had surgery to clean out cartilage April 15th, but later
suffered a stress fracture while preparing for his return to golf.
That's what caused his pain during the U.S. Open, which he won in a
19-hole playoff Monday over Rocco Mediate. The medical problem will slow down Woods' pursuit of the all-time record for major championship titles. He claimed his 14th with that five-day, 91-hole marathon victory in San Diego, pulling to within four of Jack Nicklaus.
Woods was last seen in public late Monday afternoon walking with
a pronounced limp across Torrey Pines toward the parking lot with
the U.S. Open trophy in his arms. Woods played only seven times worldwide this year and won seven times. He will miss a major championship for the first time in his career and will not be available for the Ryder Cup in September.