Rookie diary: The road to recovery

March 14, 2010

Well, I’m sure everybody knows by now, but just in case you haven’t heard, I had wrist surgery on March 8 that effectively ended my rookie year on the PGA Tour.

The surgery was done in New York City. Dr. Weiland, who has performed surgeries on Jim Furyk, Luke Donald, Trevor Immelman, and several top professional baseball players, administered my surgery. The ECU tendon in my wrist was subluxation, meaning it kept popping in and out of place. My injury is very similar to that of Luke Donald. He had his repaired about two years ago.

The wrist did not hurt all the time. It only hurt when I came through impact and had to rotate my left hand over. That’s when the tendon would pop out of place. After I had been diagnosed in December, I received a shot to relieve the pain and another one two weeks ago. The shots helped and allowed me to play and practice somewhat pain-free, but after about a month and a half, the pain came back and it got progressively worse. After the second shot, Dr. Weiland told me that this was the last shot he was going to give me and that surgery was necessary.

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I decided not to play anymore after I received the second shot because it was going to cost me more events next year playing on my Major Medical Extension. After talking with Andy Pazder, who works for the PGA Tour and handles all the medical extensions, the number of events I will play based on my status will be around 18. If I am healthy, that should be more than enough.

As for the healing process, it will probably be six weeks with a splint or cast, then six weeks of rehab. After those six weeks, I believe I will be able to start putting and then work my way up to chipping and then hitting full shots. Depending on how well everything goes, I am hoping to play in some tournaments before the end of the year. It would be awesome if that could happen, but the main goal is to get healthy and to fully recover from this injury.

As for this diary and future diaries to come, stay tuned. I will continue to update but not as frequently. I can only talk about watching “Burn Notice” while laying on my couch so many times.

Thanks to everybody who has sent me get-well texts and phone calls. I really appreciate it!

I look forward to talking to everyone soon.

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