USA Today and network news sources are reporting that Tiger Woods will undergo a fourth surgery on his knee—this time reconstructive—and miss the rest of the 2008 season.
I hate to say I told you so, but …
From Tiger’s website:
“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.”
A date for the knee surgery, as well as the necessary rehabilitation schedule, has not yet been determined.
“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.”
I’ll repeat what I wrote in my 2008 wrapup. Tiger’s 91 hole effort was heroic, but stupid. Everyone would have understood if he had withdrawn before, or during the tournament.
I’ll be very happy if he comes back. Golf with Tiger is far better than golf without.
But I have to wonder: At what price victory?