Post-brain surgery, Klauk to return for Boise event

Jeff Klauk
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Jeff Klauk will play next week’s Albertsons Boise Open on the Tour, his first start after brain surgery in April.

Klauk had the operation to pinpoint the source of his complex partial seizures. He elected not to have a second, more invasive, surgery to remove the part of his brain that is causing the epileptic seizures, though, and is using medication to treat his episodes.

The medications’ side effects – dizziness and blurry vision – have been an issue, he said. The Boise Open will be one of five allowed rehab starts under his medical extension.

“I’m still trying to figure out the side effects of the medicine,” Klauk said. “That’s the stuff I’m struggling with. I’m just going to see if I can play on it all. That’s why they have these rehab starts. We’re still experimenting with different doses to figure out how to feel my best.”

Jeff’s brother, John, will caddie for him next week. John Klauk, a former All-American at Texas, won the 2002 Western Amateur.

Jeff Klauk, 34, is hoping not to have a second brain surgery. The seizures were found to be coming from the front-left area of his brain.

“That’s definitely a more challenging area to operate on,” he said. “It’s not to say they can’t do it, but it makes it more complicated.”

He’s been practicing at home in St. Augustine, Fla., to prepare for his return to the tour. Klauk, a two-time Tour winner, last competed on the Tour in June 2011.

“The game is good," Klauk said. "I’m the type of guy who needs to get in a tournament and play to really see how I’m playing. That’s why I wanted to get out and do this.”