Davis Love withdraws from Bridgestone and will undergo season-ending hip surgery

Davis Love withdraws from Bridgestone and will undergo season-ending hip surgery

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Davis Love withdraws from Bridgestone and will undergo season-ending hip surgery

AKRON, Ohio – U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III withdrew after the first round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a torn left hip labrum that he said will require season-ending surgery.

“I’ve got to get it fixed,” said Love, who signed for 78. “I don’t want to be limping around at the Ryder Cup.”

Love, 52, said he had tried therapy and received an injection two months ago but couldn’t withstand the pain any longer. He knew that surgery was imminent when his swing coach, Jack Lumpkin, and spine therapist were at odds with each other.

“Jack’s saying turn through it more, and my therapist is saying quit turning through it so much,” Love said. “I’m afraid I’m going to hurt something else.”

Love attempted to play this week because he received the tournament’s Ambassador of Golf Award at a ceremony Wednesday.

“I didn’t even feel like playing last week,” Love said.

Dr. Ben Emblom, a hip specialist at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Birmingham, Ala., is scheduled to perform the surgery July 6. Love said he expects to be on crutches for about a month. He said the upside is that the surgery will allow him to turn his full attention to preparing for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National on Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

“It’s not like I’m going to go home and wonder, ‘Now what am I going to do?’ ” Love said. “It will give me a lot of time to watch golf and do pairings. I’ll have a lot of scenarios for pairings.”

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