Will Zalatoris ruled OUT for entire PGA Tour season

Will Zalatoris will not play any more tournaments on the PGA Tour this season.

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Mon, 10 Apr 2023
Will Zalatoris ruled OUT for entire PGA Tour season

Will Zalatoris has confirmed he will be out of the rest of the PGA Tour season as a result of back surgery. 

Zalatoris, 26, has been plagued by back injury for the past 12 months and it contributed to him missing out on a place in the United States Presidents Cup team for the first time despite making his way into the World's Top 10. 

The current World No.8 missed a number of tournaments towards the back end of 2022 but he returned to the fairways at the Sentry Tournament of Champions (T11) in Hawaii in January this year, just a month after getting married to his best friend, Caitlin Sellers.

In eight events so far this season, Zalatoris, who won PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honours two years ago, has made six cuts and finished inside the top 25 twice. 

But the one-time PGA Tour winner was forced to withdraw from the WGC Match Play in the group stages, and then withdrew prior to the start of The Masters last week.

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This was because he had to undergo a microdiscectomy at the weekend. 

Zalatoris says the surgery went well, but he's now having to take the rest of the season off under doctor's orders. 

He is expecting to return in the fall. 

Zalatoris wrote: 

"After careful considering and seeking multiple medical opinions, I underwent a successful microdiscectomy on Saturday.
"As much as I hate not being able to play the rest of this season, I am happy that I am already seeing the benefits of the procedure.
"Playing and living in pain is not fun. I look forward to making a full recovery and seeing everyone in the fall. 
"Thank you to Dr Michael Duffy, Dr Tom Kelton, and their respective teams for getting me fixed. And, of course, thank you to everyone for the support and the messages. I look forward to getting back to 100%."

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