Tiger Woods' Knee Injury Leads To Season Ending Surgery

It's been just two days since Tiger Wood's incredible victory at the US Open and now we now that was the last time we will see Tiger play in 2008.

Tiger announced he will have season ending surgery.

During the US Open, it was clear Tiger was in pain. He could be seen grimacing and limping.

The surgery will repair his ACL, and Tiger says he also needs time to rehabilitate a double stress fracture in his left leg.

The open was his first competition in more than 2 months, after having athroscopic surgery on that same knee.

Keep in mind that during the open, Tiger not only played an extra day, but an extra hole.

We talked to a local sports medicine doctor about playing through that type of injury.

cathy fieseler, md\trinity clinic sports medicine]

It's a testimony to how strong he's been to be able to stay upright like that because what happens to most people is they go to pivot and their knee just buckles on them and they fall. He'll come back from this," says Dr. Cathy Fieseler, MD, of Trinity Clinic Sports Medicine. "Will he be exactly the same? He's a competitor, he's going to rehab like there's no tomorrow. I think he's still going to have a great career. I think his career is probably going to be shortened because of it. I wouldn't be surprised if he needed a knee replacement surgery at some point."

Tiger finishes the 2008 season with a career record of 14 major wins. He is four behind Jack Nicklaus' record of 18. The pursuit of the Golden Bear's record will have to continue in 2009.

Maya Golden / mgolden@kltv.com