The one-hour operation was performed by Dr. Thomas D. Rosenberg at HealthSouth Surgical Center. Fluid inside and outside the anterior cruciate ligament was removed as were benign cysts around the knee.
'I had been playing in pain most of the year and felt it was time to take care of it,' said Woods, the No. 1 player in golf. 'From what I have been told, the operation went well. I'm looking forward to a full recovery and a great start to 2003.'
Woods will rest for the next week to 10 days before beginning a light rehabilitation. That may put the Mercedes Championships in jeopardy next month but there is no definite timetable for his return.
Woods led the PGA Tour money list for the fourth consecutive year after five victories in 2002, including his third Masters title and his second U.S. Open victory.