Tiger Woods had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee yesterday to repair cartilage damage, his second operation in five years on the same knee. He is expected to miss at least a month while he recovers.
The surgery, announced on his Web site, came two days after Woods finished three shots behind Trevor Immelman in the Masters. He most likely will miss The Players Championship but should return in time to play the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines on June 12.
"I made the decision to deal with the pain and schedule the surgery for after the Masters," Woods said. "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."
The surgery was performed in Park City, Utah, by Thomas Rosenberg, who also operated on Woods' left knee in December 2002. Woods also had surgery in 1994 on his left knee to remove a benign tumor.
Swing coach Hank Haney told the Associated Press in a phone interview that he knew Woods' knee was bothering him but was not aware of the surgery until Woods called him.
"He's been having a lot of trouble," Haney said. "He doesn't talk about stuff like that. He doesn't want to use excuses, you know?"
Woods gave no indication his knee was bothering him the first three months of the season, when he won his first four tournaments to extend a winning streak that dated to September.
"Tiger has been experiencing pain in his knee since the middle of last year, and when he had it looked at by his doctors, arthroscopic surgery was recommended," said Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent at IMG. "Tiger has played through the pain in the past but knew it would be better for him to have the procedure done as early as possible."
Woods missed two months the last time he had surgery, but most of that was around the holidays and he missed only one tournament.
Daly -- While Immelman was winning the Masters for his first major, John Daly was having surgery in Arkansas to repair a torn muscle in his stomach with hopes of getting his train wreck of a career back on track. Daly has cited injury as the primary reason for his poor play during the past two years. The surgery was performed by Dr. Steve Whitelaw, who works with the Arkansas Razorbacks.