The news is both shocking and unsurprising at the same time. For it to keep Tiger out of the year's remaining major tournaments, not to mention the Ryder Cup, you know it has to be pretty bad. No doubt there will be some speculation about what this does to his chances of catching Jack Nicklaus' major championship record. There may even be some who question the wisdom of Tiger playing in last week's U.S. Open.
But what it really does is take the legend of Tiger Woods and add to it a chapter even more extraordinary than those which came before. I mean, come on - you mean to tell me that all those months he was playing with a damaged ACL, and then at the U.S. Open was also dealing with a double stress fracture of his left tibia?
The mind reels. Well, guys on the PGA Tour, here is your chance - two major tournaments, with the presumptive favorite at home nursing an injury. Better take advantage of the opportunity now, because I've got this strange feeling that Tiger might want to celebrate the year of his return to competitive golf with that Grand Slam that's been eluding him for so long.