Fast Chat: Tiger Woods

If Tiger Woods had to have knee surgery, he picked an ideal time: while he recovers, he gets to spend all day with his 14-month-old daughter, Sam—and his new videogame, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09. He spoke with NEWSWEEK's Matthew Philips.

How often do you play the game?
A lot more now. A whole lot more now.

It'll be five months before you swing a club again. When was the last time that happened?
Probably since I came out of the womb. I've had injuries here and there, but I've always been able to go hit balls. Now I'm not allowed to do anything.

Does the videogame help keep you sharp?
It is like swinging a club. I've got to watch it, though, because if I'm not careful I'll take a full swing, and I'm not supposed to torque on my leg yet.

Is it tough watching the season unfold without you?
Not really, because I know I can't physically compete with those guys. I couldn't even beat my daughter in a game of golf right now.

She's also just 14 months old.
That's been the best thing ever, getting the chance to see her develop. As golfers, we're always away, so it couldn't have come at a more perfect time.