Riding the Pine Until Torrey


Editor's Note: In Backspin, the GOLFCHANNEL.com editorial staff takes a look back on the biggest stories from the past week in golf -- with a spin.
CUTS LIKE A KNIFE: In a surprise announcement, it was reported Tuesday on Tiger Woods' Web site that he had undergone successful arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee.
Backspin Just two days after a disappointing runner-up finish at the Masters - which quickly dashed his hopes of the grand slam - Woods' surgery took most of the golfing world off guard. 'I was shocked. I couldnt believe it,' said Brandt Snedeker. Shocked, too, are the event organizers and fans at the Wachovia Championship in Charlotte, who now won't see Tiger back to defend his title in two weeks. Woods will also miss THE PLAYERS, an event he has never missed as a professional. He is, however, expected to be ready in time for the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. In the meantime, everyone in the golfing business will have to try and deal with the Tiger shakes.

DEJA BOO ALL OVER AGAIN: Boo Weekley won the Verizon Heritage for the second straight year, cruising home with a three-shot win. It also happened to be his second career PGA TOUR victory.
Backspin In what had to be one of the funniest scenes you'll ever see - make that hear - at a sporting event, Weekley walked up the 18th fairway towards the green as the thousands of fans in attendance greeted him with the deafening sounds of boos. Just Boo's luck - he pulls off another big win on TOUR and has to live with the fact that his nickname is Boo.

UP AND DOWN: Ernie Els headlined the list of big names, along with Zach Johnson, who failed to advance to the weekend at the Verizon Heritage. Jim Furyk, meanwhile, took advantage of the Tiger-less event, and managed to finish alone in third. Davis Love III shared the opening-round lead before fading to a tie for 36th.
Backspin With Tiger on the shelf, and not playing at this event anyway, you would have thought this would have been a perfect week for a good showing from The Big Easy. Of course, you would have been wrong as Els missed another cut. Furyk was the highest ranked player to make it to the weekend but came up short in his Sunday charge. As for Love, there was magic in the air after Thursday's bogey-free, 5-under 66. But alas, the five-time Verizon champ couldn't keep up the pace.

AND THE BEAT GOES ON...: Lorena Ochoa won yet again on the LPGA Tour, although this time she allowed for a little drama, winning by just three shots over Taiwan's Yani Tseng. Her 2008 average margin of victory coming into the Ginn Open was a staggering 8.5 strokes.
Backspin The 26-year-old Mexican is starting to creep into the 'one name' superstar status just like Annika did before her. And for good reason, as she wrapped up her fourth straight LPGA Tour title in Orlando. The last time a player won four consecutive events on tour? Back in the 2001 season - and, of course, it was accomplished by Annika. But Lorena has won in four consecutive weeks. The last player to do that? Mickey Wright in 1963.

TREVOR'S TRAVELS: Trevor Immelman's whirlwind green jacket tour was in full force last week with appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly,' and a locker room visit during halftime of a Boston Celtics-New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden.
Backspin Immelmans Top Ten list on Letterman was amusing to say the least. But the highlight for the South African was meeting NBA stars, saying, They were telling me they were in Atlanta and watched the end of the tournament, and that they were proud of me. Its kind of weird to see superstars congratulate me on something Ive done.

HOCH AS IN...YES, CHOKE!: Tom Watson escaped with a win at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am when Scott Hoch missed a very, very short putt on the 72nd hole of regulation to force a sudden death playoff. It was Watson's second straight win in Florida.
Backspin Hoch's miss - and subsequent toss of the putter - was eerily similar to what happen back in 1989 at Augusta National when his 2-footer to win the Masters slid by the hole. Granted this was a Champions Tour event and it was to force a playoff and not a putt to win it... but still. Watson must have been quite pleased with the missed putt as he had choked himself moments earlier when his approach on the final hole found a watery grave.

IF ONLY NOTRE DAME WAS THIS GOOD: Irishman Damien McGrane captured his first European Tour victory Sunday, winning the China Open by a whopping nine strokes as rainstorms swept the course. No player broke par in the final round.
Backspin Not to take anything away from McGrane, who took care of his business and carded a 1-over 73, but the real winner was Mother Nature. Twenty-three players shot in the 80s on Sunday, 23! Poor Wu Wei-Huang shot a dismal 14-over-par 86, as weather turned out to be the mitigating factor in the influx of high scores. That said, a job well done in damage control by McGrane to get his first win.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: John Daly had surgery to repair a torn muscle in his stomach; Robert Damron won the Nationwide Tour's event in Athens, Ga.
Backspin One can only imagine how long Daly's surgery must have lasted, considering what the doctors had to work with and around; Damrons win quickly shot him from 131st to seventh on the money list and put him in good shape early to earn a return trip to the PGA TOUR.
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