Tiger Woods will miss 4-6 weeks following a third surgery on his left knee. ((David J. Phillip/Associated Press))

Tiger Woods underwent successful arthroscopic surgery Tuesday on his wonky left knee and will be sidelined four to six weeks.

Woods, 32, had the procedure performed by Dr. Thomas Rosenberg at the Healthsouth Surgery Center in Park City, Utah.

"I made the decision to deal with the pain and schedule the surgery for after the Masters," said Woods, who finished second at Augusta National — three shots behind Trevor Immelman.

Woods had two previous surgeries on the knee, to remove a benign tumour in 1994 and arthroscopic surgery in 2002. 

Both operations were overseen by Rosenberg.

"The upside is that I have been through this process before and know how to handle it," Woods said.

Woods will likely miss The Players Championship for the first time since turning pro in 1996, but he expects to recover in time for the U.S. Open.

The world's top-ranked golfer has won 64 PGA Tour events — the most by an active player — including 13 majors.

Woods has won the Masters four times (1997, 2000, 2001, 2005), the PGA Championship four times (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007), the British Open three times (2000, 2005, 2006) and the U.S. Open twice (2000, 2002). 

When he won the Masters in 2001, he became the first golfer in PGA Tour history to hold all four major titles at the same time.

With files from the Associated Press