Golfer Davis Love III, who captained the United States team at the 2012 Ryder Cup, will miss the next six to eight weeks after opting for surgery to clear up an issue with spinal stenosis and joint bone spurs.
Love told GolfChannel.com that the issue had been nagging him for the past three or four months, and it was time to take care of the annoyance rather than fight it any longer (as reported by ESPN.com).
Here's what Love had to say to GolfChannel.com about his impending absence from the sport: "I've been working around it and it's been a nagging thing for a long time, Love told GolfChannel.com. The last three months, it's been more than a nagging thing. It's just been a constant annoyance and needs to be fixed."
Love was forced to withdraw from the Waste Management Phoenix Open over the weekend and will miss roughly the next two months as he tries to fully recover. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Regis Haid.
Winner of 20 PGA Tour events over the course of his golfing career, Love expects to be putting in about a week, per the ESPN report.
His career highlights include two wins (1992 and 1993) at the Players Championship, a win at the 1997 PGA Championship and the 2013 Bob Jones Award—the highest honor bestowed upon a golfer by the USGA.
Many will solely remember Love's attempt to gain the U.S. a victory at the 2012 Ryder Cup go for naught, but he's a storied and respected golfer who continues to exemplify what the sport is all about. We wish Love a speedy recovery as he prepares for surgery and all the best as he rehabs back from this unfortunate injury.