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Gary Crichton

Tiger Out for Year

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I was just coming here to post that! That's too bad, but it opens the door for some of the other guys on the tour to step up and get some wins.

Here's the article from ESPN:

Tiger Woods has decided to have surgery on his left knee, which will end his 2008 season.

Woods said on his Web site that he will have surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament. He also wrote that he needs time to rehabilitate a double stress fracture of his left tibia, which he said was discovered just before the Memorial Tournament in late May.

And he revealed that he originally ruptured the ACL in 2007 while running at his home in Orlando after the British Open. He said he decided not to have surgery at that point, and he went on to win five of the next six events he entered (through his Target World Challenge in December).

Woods said no date has been determined for the surgery, which will be the third in five years on Woods' left knee.

Woods said doctors have assured him the outlook is positive. Doctors have told him 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," Woods said on his Web site. "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 since his injury

How good has Tiger Woods been since he says he injured his ACL running at home after last year's British Open? Look at his results (he also played on the U.S. Presidents Cup team):

Event Finish Money

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Won $1,350,000

PGA Championship Won $1,260,000

Deutsche Bank Championship 2nd $522,667

BMW Championship Won $1,260,000

Tour Championship Won $1,260,000

Target World Challenge Won $1,350,000

Buick Invitational Won $936,000

Dubai Desert Classic Won $417,000

WGC-Accenture Match Won $1,350,000

Arnold Palmer Inv'l Won $1,044,000

WGC-CA Championship 5th $285,000

Masters 2nd $810,000

U.S. Open Won $1,350,000

Woods was last seen at Torrey Pines with the U.S. Open championship trophy in hand. He played 91 holes last week, finally beating Rocco Mediate in a playoff to win his 14th major, four behind Jack Nicklaus' record of 18.

"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," Woods wrote on his Web site. "My doctors assure me with the proper rehabilitation and training, the knee will be strong and there will be no long-term effects."

Woods had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on April 15, two days after he finished second in the Masters in April.

Woods had committed to playing in next week's Buick Invitational. He hosts the AT&T National the week after that, at Congressional Country Club in Washington, D.C.

Woods played only seven events worldwide this year and won five of them. He had been scheduled to play in the British Open in July and defend his PGA Championship title in August. He had never missed a major championship in his career.

"For an athlete as talented and competitive as Tiger Woods, taking the rest of the season off must have been an incredibly difficult, yet necessary decision, one that we understand and support completely," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. "The fact that he needs additional surgery only makes his performance and victory at last week's U.S. Open all the more impressive. First and foremost, our concern -- as it would be for any of our players facing surgery or illness -- is for Tiger's health and overall well-being, both on and off the golf course. We wish him the best toward a speedy recovery."

Woods also will not be available for the Ryder Cup in September at Valhalla, just outside Louisville, Ky. According to the PGA of America, the ninth player in the U.S. standings through the PGA Championship will qualify for the U.S. team. By winning the U.S. Open, Woods mathematically clinched a spot on the team.

Woods is ultraprivate with his health and personal life, never more so than at the U.S. Open. He never mentioned the torn ACL or the stress fracture, and wouldn't say how he was treating his knee, only that it was more sore as the week went on.

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Yeah, I heard this too. Not really sure what to think. It definately makes his USOpen win all the more amazing. Pretty dissapointed that he won't be able to play in the british and pga. Hopefully he can come roaring back next year and take the grand slam. Personally, i think Tiger wants to take the true grandslam and hopefully he can do it starting at the Masters next year.

If you are counting that would be 18!

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Hopefully some guys can step up and make golf without Tiger more interesting. TV ratings just took a big hit...

I had a feeling it was worse than he was putting on. I know im already looking forward to his return, i'd expect to see him close to 100% and at or near the top of his game...

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I hope not either, but he does not need to play again if he chooses. He has plenty of money. He does do a good job of keeping his personal life quiet and out of the public eye.

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If Tiger is not playing than I am not as Interested. I might check in from time to time but I am not going to give up doing other things to watch. Like I would with Tiger. You never knew when he would do something amazing. Even when he was struggling he was fun to watch. There are alot of guys that are fun to watch but there is only one Tiger.

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I agree, I know I personally watched every weekend Tiger was playing, now I have no intrest, the British Open is not going to be the same this year.

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Tiger is best golfer of all-time not named Jack but it makes sense that his knee would fail him after years of putting pressure on his knee with all those vicious swings

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I'm not a golf fanatic (well, not anymore), but I'll watch several events no matter who is in the running.

Yeah, it's not quite the same without Tiger, but when it's the Masters, or when the British open comes to St. Andrews, it doesn't matter at all who is in the field. Those are golf courses!

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Tiger will be back if he has to crawl the course:) It's not about money with him (not anymore anyway). He's just got the most competitive streak of any athelete in the game, and practices to have the skills to match. He'll be back as good as ever, and I sure wouldn't bet against him winning all 4 in the next couple years. I'd say he's the best golfer ever, with any name...:) BTW...I suck at golf!

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A true grand slam. I think not. As to what you are referring to as a grand slam it's impressive but only slightly so. A real grand slam is history.

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Sorry but when you have all 4 on the mantel thats a grand slam.

Now if you want to add calendar year slam thats up to you!

a grand slam in golf is a calender year of holding all 4 majors starting with the Masters and ending with the PGA's

Jack = 18 major wins, 19 major runner-up's

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Originally Posted By: PierBridge
Sorry but when you have all 4 on the mantel thats a grand slam.

Now if you want to add calendar year slam thats up to you!

a grand slam in golf is a calender year of holding all 4 majors starting with the Masters and ending with the PGA's

Jack = 18 major wins, 19 major runner-up's

And you are?..... grin

Again when you have all 4 Major championship trophys on your mantle ALL won in succesion thats a Grand Slam..... cool

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Again when you have all 4 Major championship trophys on your mantle ALL won in succesion thats a Grand Slam..... cool

So if I go out on Monday, play 9 holes and shoot a 38, then go out again Tuesday and play 9 more and shoot a 39, can I say I shot a 77? smile

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