Nick Wass/AP
August 13, 2008 11:10 AM

A knee injury is forcing Tiger Woods to hang up his clubs until 2009 – and he’s not betting when he’ll return to the world of competitive golf.

“As far as swinging a club, that’s not going to happen until next year. I just don’t have a choice,” the world’s No. 1 player, 32, said Tuesday in a message on his Web site.

“We simply don’t know what type of swelling there would be or if there would be any residual effects the next day once you start wheeling and dealing on the knee,” he states.

Shortly after his U.S. Open victory in June, Woods underwent surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament (or ACL), one of the four major ligaments of the knee.

“Everyone’s body reacts differently. I could putt right now, but I’m not going to do it,” says Woods.

Looking ahead, “I don’t know what the doctors are going to tell me about playing golf down the road. I’m taking it day-to-day, week-to-week. All I’m doing every day is looking forward to my next day.”

Then again, Woods has given no indication that he won’t be up for the challenge of the 2009 Masters, Golf magazine reports.

• In 1997, 21-year-old Tiger Woods took the Masters Tournament (and pro golf!) by storm.

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