Gary Woodland shares video swinging at the driving range just 2 months after brain surgery

Gary Woodland had a lesion removed from his brain earlier this fall.

Gary Woodland had a lesion removed from his brain earlier this fall. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images) (Stacy Revere via Getty Images)

Gary Woodland is showing remarkable progress after undergoing brain surgery earlier this fall.

Woodland recently shared a video of him swinging a golf club at a driving range on social media, just two months after his surgery to remove a lesion on his brain.

Woodland had been trying to treat the symptoms with medication, but surgery was necessary. Lesions are spots on the brain that can indicate injured or damaged tissue, and they can cause significant problems depending on their location. For example, according to the Cleveland Clinic, lesions on the parietal lobe can lead to symptoms such as numbness, the inability to write or do math, confusion of left and right, and more.

The exact location and severity of Woodland’s brain lesion are uncertain, and a “majority of the tumor” was removed.

Woodland has won four times in his career on Tour, including at the U.S. Open in 2019. He competed in 24 tournaments last season on Tour, including 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, marking 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 remains to be seen.


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