Tiger Woods Out for Season, PGA Ratings Will Suffer
The Associated Press is reporting that Tiger Woods will undergo more surgery on his knee and his season is over.
After a rapid return from having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee two days after The Masters, it seems that Tiger's win at the U.S. Open was even more dramatic than we knew.
He suffered a small stress fracture in his left leg about two weeks prior to the Open.
We watched as Tiger hobbled his way through 90 holes. After a weak first round, he came roaring back to take the lead Saturday for Sunday's final round. We saw him use his club to support himself at times. But also saw the brilliance that puts Tiger one shot short of Jesus himself as the greatest golfer of all time.
The look on his face after the first of two eagles on Saturday was priceless.
He was tickled...at himself.
I was switching back and forth to catch what was going on at Torrey Pines on Sunday and Monday, and the play of Woods and 158th-ranked Rocco Mediate was that of U.S. Open lore. Back and forth, neither seeming to put together enough to take the win.
Fans were torn. Everyone likes to see Tiger win, but who doesn't love an underdog?
Then, on the 19th playoff hole, Mediate's second shot went left and out of play. He recovered nicely, and had roughly a 20-foot putt for par, but missed, and Tiger won his third U.S. Open crown.
So now he's going under the knife again to have his ACL repaired in the leg.
Season over, done.
"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 on his website. "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." (espn.com)
Apparently he ruptured the ACL in 2007. Okay, put Tiger Woods up there with hockey players who will play with torn ACLs (ala Joe Nieuwendyk and Rich Matvichuk in the Dallas Stars 1999 Stanley Cup winning run).
Worth the risk to win that 14th major? The win put Tiger just four major victories behind Jack Nicklaus for most major wins in PGA history.
Was it worth it?
Tiger would probably say "Yes."
This blows open the British Open and Ryder Cup later in the year.
I would also think it's going to adversely affect viewership of PGA events.
Without Tiger there, I know I won't be watching, and I doubt I'm alone in that boat.
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