The Goose has back surgery
Two-time US Open winner Retief Goosen has had surgery to alleviate a back injury which has plagued the 43-year-old for much of the season.
On his website last week he confirmed having the surgery. He did not indicate how long he expected to be out of action.
"I just wanted to update you on my back injury that has caused me a few problems recently," said Goosen.
"I met with my spinal consultant again last week and we decided that the best treatment was for me to have back surgery this week. The operation has gone well and I will now stay in hospital for a few days before recuperating at home.
"The Goose" last played at the PGA Championship and ended down the leaderboard in a tie for 48th. His best finish on the US PGA tour this season are two tied-10th finishes at the US Open and the Canadian Open.
Goosen said the layoff would give him time to recover and spend time with his family.
"I am looking forward to returning to the Tour fully fit and, in the meantime, I plan to put my feet up, enjoy watching the golf on TV and relish the opportunity to spend more time with Tracy and my children."
Goosen lies in a respectable 23rd on the European tour moneylist, courtesy of good tournaments in South Africa in January, in addition to his US Open payout for the co-sanctioned major.
He finished second at the Volvo Golf Champions at Fancourt, and third at the Africa Open.