American golfer Gary Woodland has recently undergone surgery to remove a brain tumor. According to a post on his social media accounts, Woodland had a “long” operation on Monday that successfully removed the majority of the lesion.
The former US Open champion revealed his diagnosis in a post on August 30. He had been experiencing symptoms for a few months and had initially tried to treat them with medication before deciding to have surgery.
Woodland, who is 39 years old and from Kansas, will now take some time to rest and recover. His last competitive appearance was at the Wyndham Championship in early August.
In a post, Woodland’s family requested privacy during this time and thanked everyone for their thoughts and prayers.
Woodland’s career highlight came in 2019 when he won the US Open at Pebble Beach, California. He beat fellow American Brooks Koepka by three shots to claim his first major title. Woodland has four wins on the PGA Tour, but his victory at the US Open remains his most recent. He has finished inside the top-10 twice this season and is currently ranked 74th in the world.
Woodland’s fans and the golf community are sending their well wishes and support as he begins his recovery journey.