Gary Woodland undergoes surgery to remove a brain tumor

Gary Woodland pictured at the 2023 Wyndham Championship in August.

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Former US Open champion Gary Woodland is recovering from brain surgery he underwent earlier this week, according to a message posted to his social media channels on Monday evening.

“An update on Gary,” the post reads. “After a long operation today, most of the tumor has been removed and it is currently resting. At this time, the family requests space and privacy to be together. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers as he embarks on the road to recovery.” The post was signed “Team GW.”

Woodland previously announced on social media in August that doctors had found a lesion in his brain and he would undergo surgery to remove it on September 18.

“I was diagnosed a few months ago and have been trying to treat the symptoms with medication,” he said in a statement posted on X. “After consultation with several specialists and discussions with my family, we decided to undergo surgery to remove the lesion.” The lesion is the best course of action.

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“I’m in good spirits, with my family and team by my side and so grateful for everyone’s love and support,” he wrote in August.

Woodland, 39, has had a long and successful career in professional golf. In total, he has won four PGA Tour titles, with his most recent being the most significant: the 2019 US Open.

That year at Pebble Beach, he entered the final round with a one-shot lead and shot a 69 to win by three shots over Brooks Koepka. Woodland was also a member of the victorious US Presidents Cup team in 2019 following his victory at the US Open.

In 24 starts last season, Woodland made 18 cuts and had two top-10 finishes.

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