So Close So
Often, Stewart Cink Finally Wins One
MY SHOT We Proved
the Torrey Naysayers Wrong
A knee hasn't been this consequential since 1997, when President Bill Clinton
missed a step at Greg Norman's house and blew out the First Quadriceps Tendon.
As U.S. Open champion Tiger Woods dealt with his jumbled joint—he tore his left
anterior cruciate ligament last July, had an arthroscopic procedure in April,
developed microfractures, limped to victory at Torrey Pines and now will
undergo season-ending surgery—we are left to deal with the impact his absence
will have on the game.
1 Will Tiger make
a full recovery?
At 32, his chances are excellent. Surgeries for ACL injuries have a long-term
success rate of 82% to 95%, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic
Surgeons. However, Tiger's third knee operation in 5 1/2 years could lead to
Here's how the
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers responded when we asked them if Woods will be as
good as new:
2 When will Tiger
His full recovery will require six to eight months. He'll be able to chip and
putt after three months but probably won't make full swings until the five- or
six-month mark. Eight months after a June surgery puts him into February.
Courses where he'd feel comfortable returning would include Doral (CA
Championship, March 12--15) and Bay Hill ( Arnold Palmer Invitational, March
26--29). Symbolically, the obvious choice would Torrey Pines (Buick
Invitational, Feb. 5--8), but that might be too early. A safe bet is that he'll
be ready for the Masters (April 9--12).
3 Is Tiger going
to lose distance off the tee?
4 Should Tiger
have played the U.S. Open?
Let's put it this way: How many Tour pros would take a U.S. Open victory in
exchange for reconstructive knee surgery? Most of them.
How the Golf
Magazine Top 100 Teachers responded when we asked them if Tiger should have