He experienced the stress fracture in his left leg about two weeks before the U.S. Open, which was causing him the visible pain, and ultimately the doctors feel that he needs ACL surgery and rest to get him back to 100%.
'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. '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.'
'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,' said Woods. 'My doctors assure me with the proper rehabilitation and training, the knee will be strong and there will be no long-term effects.'
Tiger's chief rival, and world No. 2, also weighed in on the situation.
'Im sorry about Tiger having to miss the rest of the year due to more knee surgery. I know how frustrating it was to lose most of last summer to my wrist injury but I expect him to be back as strong as ever and look forward to competing with him as soon as possible,' said Mickelson.
Said PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem in a release, '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. The fact that he needs additional surgery only makes his performance and victory at last weeks 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 Tigers health and overall well-being, both on and off the golf course. We wish him the best toward a speedy recovery.
Following the GOLF CHANNELs breaking news today that Tiger will undergo knee surgery, the network tonight will air a Golf Central Special Report at 9 p.m. ET, which will go further in depth about the health impact on Woods and how the news will affect the remainder of the 2008 golf season.
Following the Special Report, the GOLF CHANNEL will replay the dramatic 2008 U.S. Open Championship ' reliving all the pivotal moments as they unfolded ' in a two-hour presentation, beginning tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET. In what was hailed by Woods as his best U.S. Open victory ever, GOLF CHANNEL will capture some of the most exciting moments from Saturday and Sundays rounds, as well as the tension-filled playoff between Woods and Rocco Mediate