Oberholser out for season after hand surgery
Arron Oberholser underwent successful surgery on his left hand on Thursday.
It was the third time Oberholser required surgery on his left hand, and it is expected to keep him out the remainder of the golf season.
Oberholser had surgery on his hand two years ago but said it never got better.
“It hurt when I chipped, let alone hit balls,” he said. “There was no way I could play effectively.”
Hand surgery is becoming quite common among golfers. It was performed by hand specialist Dr. Andrew Weiland of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, who conducted similar surgeries on Jim Furyk, Luke Donald and Trevor Immelman.
Oberholser said he was told the injury wasn’t career-threatening and he was very confident that he should be able to come back and play at a high level.
“I asked the doctor point blank: ‘Can I come back and be a top-50 player in the world again?’ He said, ‘Yes. It will take time.’ I believe him. I have to believe him.”
But Oberholser will be out of action longer than he originally anticipated. He won’t see the doctor again until June 18 to determine if he can begin therapy, and the earliest he expects to be cleared to chip and putt will be August.
Oberholser also underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip 3 1/2 months ago.
Oberholser last played in October at the Frys.com Open, and has been limited to 14 starts since the beginning of 2008.
When he is healthy enough to return, Oberholser will have 14 starts as part of a major medical extension.