World number one men's golfer Tiger Woods of the United States will
miss the remainder of the 2008 season due to reconstructive surgery on
his left knee.
Woods said on his Internet site that doctors need
to rebuild his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The announcement comes
two days after he won the U.S. Open in a 19-hole playoff and about a
month before the British Open.
Along with the surgery, Woods
will require time off to rehabilitate a double stress fracture in his
left shin bone. The stress fracture was discovered just before the
Memorial Tournament last month.
Woods originally ruptured his
ACL in 2007 while running at his home in Orlando. He had surgery in
April to remove cartilage that had been damaged because of the torn
ligament. Doctors say that the long-term outlook is very good with
proper rehabilitation and training.
Woods has won 14 majors
and is only four behind Jack Nicklaus for the all-time lead. Since he
was injured, Woods has won 10 of the 13 tournaments and has finished in
the top-five of all of them.
Some information for this report was provided by AP.