Tiger Woods Gets First Good News in Some Time

Ron FurlongAnalyst IIMay 13, 2010

NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA - MAY 10: Tiger Woods addresses the media at the AT&T National Media Day at Aronimink Golf Club on May 10, 2010 in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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He hasn't had much good news in awhile, that's for sure, but maybe Tiger Woods got a small dose on Wednesday.

The MRI he had done for his neck pain showed no major disc problems. On Tiger's website it was called it, "Inflammation of a facet joint in the neck."

Woods will rehab with physical therapy, rest and anti-inflammatory medicine.

"I want to thank everyone for their caring and concern," Woods said on his site. "I now need to take care of this condition and will return to playing golf when I'm physically able."

When the facet joints are inflamed there is difficulty in rotating the head.

No timetable has been set for Tiger's return, although the recovery is not expected to take long; but it can vary from patient to patient.

One would think a possible return for Woods could be The Memorial on June 3rd. The Jack Nicklaus tournament played annually at Jack's Muirfield Village in Ohio. It is a favorite among the players and for Woods in particular, who is a four time winner of the event and the defending champion.

The Memorial is two weeks before the U.S. Open, played at Pebble Beach this year; a course Woods has also piled up the wins on.