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Tiger Woods Undergoes Minor Knee Surgery

Tiger Woods had arthroscopic surgery last week on his left knee to repair what he described as minor cartilage damage.

The surgery was not believed to be serious, and Woods said on Twitter that he expected to return to practice.

The surgery should not affect Woods’s plan to return to competition in the Zozo Championship, a skins event in Japan in October.

“I am walking now and hope to resume practice in the next few weeks,” Woods, 43, said in the statement. “I look forward to traveling and playing in Japan in October.”

Woods will serve as captain of the United States team in the Presidents Cup in Australia in December. He had previously left the door open on whether he would select himself to play in the event. He won’t have to make that decision until a week after the event in Japan.

This is the fifth surgery to his left knee — one more operation than Woods has had on his back — dating to 1994, when he was a freshman at Stanford. His agent at Excel Sports, Mark Steinberg, said the knee had been irritating him for the last few months.

Woods had the surgery last week during the Tour Championship. Woods, who won the Masters in April for his 15th major title, did not finish among the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings, who qualified for the final event at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta.

Woods has dealt primarily with back issues the last six years. He had the first of four back operations in the spring of 2014, and the last one in 2017 to fuse his lower spine when it reached a point he feared he might never compete again.

Woods’s first operation on the left knee, in 1994, was to remove two benign tumors and scar tissue. He had arthroscopic surgery to remove fluid and cysts after the 2002 season, and another operation after the 2008 Masters to repair cartilage damage. Two months later, after winning the 2008 United States Open, he had reconstructive surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament.

Steinberg described this surgery as “more cleanup maintenance.”


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