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Woods knee surgery successful

Latest update : 2008-06-25

U.S. top golfer Tiger Woods has reported on his website that the knee reconstruction surgery he had to undergo has been successful. Woods had previously announced he had to end this year's PGA season for the treatment.

Tiger Woods had successful reconstructive surgery on the torn ligament in his left knee on Tuesday, the golf superstar reported on his website.

The procedure was performed in Park City, Utah, by doctor Thomas D. Rosenberg and doctor Vernon J. Cooley, who did arthroscopic surgery on that same knee for Woods in April.

"It was important to me to have the surgery as soon as possible, so that I could begin the rehabilitation process," Woods said on his website,

"I am very appreciative of Dr. Rosenberg and Dr. Cooley and his staff's guidance and look forward to working with them through the necessary rehabilitation and training.

"I also wanted to thank everyone for their well wishes over the past week. I look forward to working hard at my rehabilitation over the coming months and returning to the PGA Tour healthy next year."

The doctors were also positive about the prognosis for the man who has become the face of golf worldwide.

"We were confident going in to this surgery, and I am pleased with the results," Rosenberg said. "There were no surprises during the procedure and, as we have said, with the proper rehabilitation and training, it is highly unlikely that Mr. Woods will have any long-term effects as it relates to his career."

Woods, 32, announced that he would be having the season-ending surgery last week, days after capturing his 14th major title in a thrilling playoff victory over Rocco Mediate at the US Open.

Woods said he had played the open with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and with two stress fractures in his left tibia.

Throughout the US Open, played on the Torrey Pines South course in San Diego, California, Woods could be seen limping and grimacing, sometimes even doubling over in pain after hitting a shot.

His distress was most apparent during a remarkable third round, when Woods seized the tournament lead with a back nine that included a 65-foot putt for eagle on the par-five 13th hole, a chip-in birdie at 17 and another eagle at 18.

The next day, Woods birdied the 72nd hole of regulation to force an 18-hole playoff with Mediate.

Trailing Mediate at the 18th playoff hole, he birdied that as well to force sudden-death, finally winning on the 91st hole of the tournament.

Woods ranked the victory as one of his best, right alongside his first major triumph at the 1997 Masters.

The gritty victory took Woods one step closer to matching Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major titles, but he announced days later that he would require surgery and miss the rest of the 2008 season.

Woods originally ruptured the ACL in 2007 following the British Open while he was running at home. He chose not to have surgery and went on to win five of the next six events he entered.

After his runner-up finish at the Masters, he had surgery on the knee in a vain bid to get through the remainder of the season.

Date created : 2008-06-25