PGA Tour pro gives first progress update after season-ending surgery

A PGA Tour pro who underwent a season-ending surgery has given an update.

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Sun, 9 Jul 2023
PGA Tour pro gives first progress update after season-ending surgery

A PGA Tour pro who announced his season was over back in April has given his first progress update on Instagram Saturday.

Will Zalatoris, 26, quickly became a player to watch as he racked up multiple top-five finishes at the majors early in his career.

By the end of the 2021-22 season, the American had already finished runner-up at three of the four major championships in the four years since turning professional.

But despite all the close calls in the toughest events, the former Wake Forest University golfer was still without a win on the PGA Tour until he finally clinched his maiden victory at the FedEx St. Jude Championship in August.

The win in the first round of the FedEx Cup Playoffs catapulted Zalatoris into a great spot heading into the second round of the PGA Tour's post-season.

However, during the third round of the BMW Championship a week later, he was forced to withdraw after experiencing pain and discomfort in his back.

It was later revealed that Zalatoris had two herniated discs and was then forced to miss both the TOUR Championship a few weeks later and the Presidents Cup in September.

Zalatoris made his exciting return five months later in January 2023 with the Sentry Tournament of Champions where he earned a solid top-15 finish at the event.

He continued to produce solid results at the beginning of this year - including a tie for fourth at the Genesis Invitational in February - before withdrawing from the Masters Tournament ahead of Thursday's first round in April.

A few days later, the PGA Tour winner announced via his Instagram that he had undergone a microdiscectomy and would be out for the remainder of the season to recover.

Now, Zalatoris has given an update on his recovery - his first Instagram post since his announcement back in April.

Under a photo of he and his wife attending Wimbledon this week in London, Zalatoris announced he gets to start chipping again this week.

He wrote:

"Wimbledon was incredible. Bucket list day with my Love. In golf news…I get to start chipping this week!"


There's just a few months left in the 2022-23 PGA Tour season before the circuit returns to a calendar-year schedule in 2024. 

This week, the tour is in Silvis, Illinois for the John Deere Classic before heading to Scotland for the Genesis Scottish Open a week before the 151st Open Championship.

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