Woodland to undergo brain surgery

photo by: AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn

Gary Woodland tees off on the second hole during the second round at the 3M Open golf tournament at the Tournament Players Club Friday, July 28, 2023, in Blaine, Minn.

Former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, announced on social media Wednesday morning that he will undergo surgery on Sept. 18 to remove a lesion found on his brain.

“I was diagnosed a few months ago and have been trying to treat symptoms with medication,” Woodland wrote. “After consulting with multiple specialists and discussing with my family, we’ve made the decision that surgery to remove the lesion is the best course of action.”

He added that he is in good spirits and captioned the message, “Thank you for your support during this time.”

The KU men’s golf team sent a note of support on its own social media accounts: “Our program, and all of Jayhawk Nation, are with you during this difficult time. Wishing you a speedy recovery and all of the best, GW! Looking forward to seeing you around the Jayhawk Club again very soon.”

Woodland, 39, who turned professional in 2007, began to pick up momentum on the PGA Tour in the early 2010s. He won the 2019 U.S. Open Championship, his ninth time competing in the event, and reached a personal-best ranking of No. 12 that same year.

Woodland has played PGA Tour 24 events in 2023 with two top-10 finishes. In April he tied for 14th at the Masters, his best-ever finish at the tournament.


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