Gary Woodland undergoes brain surgery

Former U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland underwent surgery on Monday to remove tumors in his brain.

“After a long surgery today, the majority of the tumor has been removed and he is currently resting,” according to a social media post under Woodland’s handle.

Woodland, 39, previously posted that he was diagnosed a few months ago and had been trying to treat symptoms with medication. But after consulting with specialists and his family. Woodland decided that surgery to remove the legion was his best option.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, brain lesions are damaged areas of the brain tissue that can occur due to injury or medical conditions. A stroke is an example of a type of brain lesion. They can disrupt how your brain functions and cause weakness, sensory disruption and confusion.

Woodland, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, last competed at the Wyndham Championship, the final regular season FedEx Cup event, on Aug. 6, where he tied for 27th. For the first time in a decade Woodland failed to finish inside the top 70 and did not qualify for the season-ending FedEx Cup Playoffs.

“At this time, the family requests space and privacy to be together,” Woodland’s social media post included. “Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers as he gets started on the road to recovery.”

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