Gary Woodland had a lesion removed from his brain earlier this fall
Gary Woodland appears to be making incredible progress after undergoing brain surgery earlier this fall.
Woodland shared a video of him swinging a club on a driving range on social media on Monday, just about two months after he underwent surgery to remove a lesion on his brain.
Woodland revealed earlier this fall that he had been diagnosed with a lesion on his brain. He had been trying to treat the symptoms with medication, but his doctors then opted for surgery. Lesions are spots on the brain that can indicate injured or damaged tissue, and they can cause significant problems, depending on where they are located. For example, according to the Cleveland Clinic, lesions on the parietal lobe can lead to numbness, the inability to write or do math, confusion of left and right, and more.
It’s unclear where Woodland’s brain lesion was located or how severe it was.
Woodland’s surgery in September was successful, and a “majority of the tumor” was removed.
Woodland has won four times in his career on Tour, including the U.S. Open in 2019. He played in 24 tournaments last season on Tour, including at all four major championships. He finished T14 at the Masters, but failed to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.
While it’s still unclear when Woodland will attempt to play again on the PGA Tour, Monday’s video is extremely encouraging. It sounds like his goal is to compete again next season, which marks the return to a full calendar-year schedule for the PGA Tour. Whether that happens with the season opener in January or later down the road, though, remains to be seen.