Get Well Wishes to Tiger Woods And John Daly
I am sure that golf fans around the world will join me in wishing golfers Tiger Woods and John Daly a speed recovery. Both Tiger and John recently underwent surgeries; Tiger had knee surgery and John had a stomach surgery.
Woods, who is expected to return to the fairways within four to six weeks, should be back for the US Open. Based upon his rehabilitation schedule, it is more than likely that he will be back to defend the Wachovia Championship (May 1-4) or compete in The Players Championship.
The U.S. Open which is eight weeks away will be played at Torrey Pines this year and is considered to be a stumping ground for Woods, who won six times,. Woods finished second to Trevor Immelman on Sunday at the Masters Tournament. He said that he made the decision to deal with the pain and schedule the surgery after the Masters,” Woods said on his Web site. “The upside is that I have been through this process before, and know how to handle it. This will be Woods’ third surgery.
Woods won his first three starts this season — and seven of eight PGA TOUR events dating back to the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational last August. His victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard last month gave the 32-year-old a total of 64, tying him with the legendary Ben Hogan for third all-time.
While John Daly’s buddies were under par this week at the Masters, He was in Arkansas under the surgeon’s knife to repair a ton muscle in his stomach.
Daly has blamed his injury as the primary reason for his less that stellar play over the last two years, during which he has withdrawn eight times and missed the cut 14 times in 33 events. The injury dates to the ’07 Honda Classic, when he tried to stop his swing upon hearing the click of a fan’s camera. More than a year later, his doctor believes he found the problem.
It has been reported that when he tried to stop swinging at the Honda Classic, he tore his rotator cuff and he also dislocated two rib joints where they attach to the spine. Dr. Steve Whitelaw, who works with the University of Arkansas, said that the whole time he had dislocated ribs, he tore the ligaments around them.”
Whitelaw said when Daly complained of more pain, they ran a full body scan and discovered the muscle tear in the stomach. “It was not attached, and the muscle shrunk down,” he said. “When he swings, he uses that area with his stomach and core strength. He could only go so long without hurting. He was in a cycle he could not get out of. Whitelaw said Daly might be able to hit easy wedge shots this week, and the recovery should be quick. Where the two-time major champion returns is uncertain, although it could be Europe. Daly has agreed to play the Spanish Open in Seville in two weeks. That’s opposite the Wachovia Championship, which did not offer Daly an exemption this year. Daly is contemplating an extended stay in Europe, possibly playing the Italian Open and Irish Open the following two weeks, and perhaps the BMW Championship at Wentworth.