Tiger Opts for Surgery -- Season is Done

Tiger Woods clutches his left knee after hitting a shot during Sunday's round at the U.S. Open in San Diego.

(AP) - Tiger Woods will miss the rest of the season because of reconstructive surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee.

It's an injury he's been dealing with the last 10 months while winning 9 of 12 tournaments.

Woods also says he has a double stress fracture of his left tibia. He sustained that injury last month while preparing to return to the PGA Tour. That forced him to miss the Memorial and was the source of his pain at Torrey Pines when he won the U.S. Open.

He had arthroscopic surgery April 15th to clean out cartilage in his left knee, bypassing ACL surgery with hopes it could get him through the 2008 season. But going 91 holes over five days to win his 14th career major made it impossible to play any longer.

Woods was last seen in public late Monday afternoon walking with a pronounced limp across Torrey Pines toward the parking lot with the U.S. Open trophy in his arms.

Woods played only 7 times worldwide this year and won 5. He will miss a major championship for the first time in his career and will not be available for the Ryder Cup in September.

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