IN A REVEALING Q&A, TIGER Woods's Left Knee told ARMCHAIR GOLF about its recovery from a third surgery and the multiple pressures that come with supporting the world's greatest golfer.
|Tiger's Left Knee in action. (Phelps)|
LEFT KNEE: I have my good days and bad days, but overall I think I'm getting stronger.
Q: This was your third surgery. Did the fist-pump celebration during the final round of last year's PGA Championship exacerbate the problem?
LEFT KNEE: No comment.
Q: It really looked like Tiger was limping after that.
LEFT KNEE: I was told there wouldn't be any fist-pump questions.
Q: Can you talk about Tiger's swing and how it affects you?
LEFT KNEE: You've seen him. Tiger has the mother of all golf swings. The torque is absolutely incredible. It gives me a sharp twinge just thinking about it. No knee is designed for that.
Q: What's the hardest part about being Tiger's Left Knee?
LEFT KNEE: There's the physical aspect, certainly, but there's also the weight of everyone's expectations. He's playing for the record books and immortality. That's a pressure very few knees ever experience.
Q: Do you ever wish you were just a normal left knee for, say, a claims adjuster or a florist?
LEFT KNEE: I think all knees of great athletes have moments when they dream of a normal life. Look at Mickey Mantle, Joe Namath, Larry Bird. The list of greats with highly pressured knees is very long. I'm not the first, nor will I be the last. But in the end you have to work with the person you're given.
Q: How do you keep going? Where does your inspiration come from?
LEFT KNEE: I take it a day at a time. Do the PT. Get my rest. I really hope Tiger is done with the running. That's a killer. As far as inspiration, I look to the greats. In golf, all of us lower extremities worship Hogan. I mean, my God, his legs were totally mangled from that car accident and he came back and not only walked again but won six majors. It's incredible (sniffling). Sorry, I promised myself I wouldn't get emotional.
Q: It's OK.
LEFT KNEE: Are we about done?
Q: One last question. When will you be back? At the Memorial or the U.S. Open?
LEFT KNEE: Not sure. That’s Tiger's call. But I hope Memorial.
Q: Why sooner?
LEFT KNEE: It's always great catching up with Jack's hip. The right one, not the replacement.
Q: Thanks for taking the time.
LEFT KNEE: You got it.
(This is an ARMCHAIR GOLF spoof.)