13 Aug 2008

Tiger won't be back until next year

9:27 am on 13 August 2008

The world number one golfer Tiger Woods says he won't be swinging a golf club in the near future as as he recovers from reconstructive knee surgery.

The American decided to have surgery on his left knee for a fourth time after winning the US Open in mid-June, ending his 2008 PGA Tour campaign.

Woods, a winner of 14 major titles, and underwent an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction of his left knee, says it won't be until next year before he starts to swing a golf club.

He had torn his knee ligament after last year's British Open at Carnoustie while running and took 10 weeks off at the end of the 2007 season.

Woods took a further two months off after having arthroscopic surgery two days after the Masters in April and did not play competitively until the June 12-15 US Open.

He says he's not sure what the doctors will tell him about playing golf down the road, so he will take it day-by-day, week-by-week.