Dan Daly: Knee deep in uncertainty about future

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Rinaldi: “Thanks, Scott. I just talked to Tiger’s personal trainer, and he was very happy with the extension Tiger got in his knee earlier today. He said Tiger was almost at 160 degrees.”

9. In fact, the media will monitor Tiger’s surgery and recovery so closely that, by the end, most golf fans will be certified orthopedists.

10. Just wondering: If Tiger’s knee became so debilitating that he could only play one tournament a year - the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines (where he has won seven times as a pro) - could he surpass PGA Tour victories? (He currently has 65.)

11. And if Tiger could only play two tournaments a year - the Buick and, say, the Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA Tour victories. (Just asking.)

12. You could make the argument that Tiger was having his Best Year Ever when he shut it down. I could throw out a bunch of numbers that might convince you. I could point to his four wins, one second and one tie for fifth in six events - the fastest start of his career. I could note that one of those wins was a major and another a World Golf Championship.

Or I could say: The man just won the U.S. Open on one leg. How much better can you play?

13. Any day now, I figure, Tiger will sign a deal to endorse an over-the-counter pain reliever. Possible sales pitch: “Stops nagging body aches and adds 20 yards to your drives!”

14. Which reminds me: The folks at Bayer missed a real opportunity when they didn’t hook up with Nicklaus during his Champions Tour days and come out with a Golden Bear Aspirin.

15. Is Steve Williams, Tiger’s intrepid caddie, on salary, or will he have to find driving-range work for the next six or seven months?

16. “It is clear that the right thing to do is to listen to my doctors, follow through with this surgery and focus my attention on rehabilitating my knee,” Tiger said on his Web site. “… My doctors assure me with the proper rehabilitation and training, the knee will be strong and there will be no long-term effects.”

No long-term effects. None whatsoever. Hmmm. Is that a money-back guarantee?

17. Not trying to be pessimistic, but this is such an unusual injury for a golfer - and Tiger himself is so unique - that we really don’t have much past experience to draw on. There’s just a greater sense of the unknown here.

18. Show me a great athlete, and I’ll show you a stubborn one. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes it’s bad and sometimes it’s both - as it is in this case. Tiger’s refusal to listen to his doctors gave us a memorable Open … and his longest medical leave yet.

Now we’ll find out whether the trade was worth it.

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Dan Daly

Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of “The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at ddaly@washingtontimes.com.

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