Woods injury

Tiger out of January event

Bob Warters's picture
Tue, 17 Dec 2002

Tiger Woods is currently recovering from surgery on his left knee to ease the cruciate ligament. It had caused him pain while walking and working out and had affected the coil in his backswing.

The World No.1 will miss the first PGA Tour tournament of the season the Mercedes Championship in Hawaii to give him more time to rehabilitate.

Tournament director Gary Planos was informed of the decision to pull out of the January 9 event by Woods' agent Mark Steinberg at the weekend.

"All we want now is for Tiger to get well," said Planos.

Woods underwent successful surgery on his left knee on Thursday to remove fluid from around the anterior cruciate ligament.

Woods (26) said he had been playing in pain most of the year and felt 'it was time to take care of it.'

Tiger defends his US Masters in april and the US Open in June and will be playing the Open at Royal St Georges, Sandwich on the Kent coast in July and the US PGA at Oak Hill, New York in August.

This year's Mercedes title was won by Sergio Garcia at the first hole of a playoff with David Toms after firing 64 in the final round.



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