For the second time in five years Tiger Woods has had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair cartilage and will be out of action for at least four weeks.
He had the operation yesterday (Tuesday) performed in Park City, Utah, by Thomas Rosenberg, who operated on Woods’s knee in December 2002. Woods also had surgery in 1994 on his left knee to remove a benign tumor.
He is expected to miss the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida from May 8-11, but should return to play the United States Open on June 12-15 at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
“I made the decision to deal with the pain and schedule the surgery for after the Masters,” Woods said on his website. “The upside is that I have been through this process before and know how to handle it. I look forward to working through the rehabilitation process and getting back to action as quickly as I can.”
Golf punters will be nervous after hearing the news. William Hill alone has received a six figure sum in bets for him to win the US Open and nearly half a million riding on him winning the final three majors.
Hills currently offer 6/5 for a Woods victory at the US Open and offer 10/1 Mickleson with the European contenders headed by Harrington at 20/1, Westwood and Rose at 33/1.
"We have not yet pushed out Tigers price as we are defending a considerable liability and are happy to lay the other contenders at prices that might now seem good value," said Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams.
Tiger is out to 8/1 to win the remaining three majors of the year, 11/8 to win one, 9/4 to fail to win any and 5/2 to win two
William Hill US Open 2008: 6/5 Woods, 10/1 Mickelson, 20/1 Scott, 20/1 Harrington, 20/1 Furyk, 20/1 Els, 25/1 VJ Singh, 25/1 Goosen, 25/1 KJ Choi, 33/1 Westwood, 33/1 Rose, 33/1 Immelman, 33/1 Cink, 40/1 Ogilvy, 40/1 Garcia, 40/1 Donald, 50/1 Romero, 66/1 Wier, 66/1 Casey, 80/1 Poulter, 100/1 Clarke, 100/1 Montgomerie.
Woods out for a month after knee op