PGA Tour winner and runner-up in the 2021 Masters tournament, Will Zalatoris, announced Monday that he will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing back surgery over the weekend.
Zalatoris, 26, retired from teachers on Thursday just before his first round appearance with a back injury. On Monday he confirmed that he would be interrupted while he works to «make a full recovery.»
«After careful consideration and seeking multiple medical opinions, I underwent a successful microdiscectomy on Saturday,» Zalatoris wrote in a statement posted on Instagram.
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«As much as I hate not being able to play the rest of this season, I’m happy that I’m already seeing the benefits of the procedure.»
He continued: «Playing and living in pain is no fun. I hope to make a full recovery and see everyone in the fall.»
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Zalatoris earned his first PGA Tour victory in August after winning the fedex championship st. Jude, but just a week later he suffered two herniated discs.
Since returning this season, he has had only one top-10 performance.
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Zalatoris was runner-up in the 2021 Masters and finished second in the PGA Championship 2022 and tied for second at the US Open. His best result at the British Open was in the top 30 last season.