Gary Woodland will undergo brain surgery

The 2019 US Open champion, Gary Woodland, has announced on social networks that he will undergo brain surgery soon, although he has not detailed the causes

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Gary Woodland will undergo brain surgery
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The 2019 US Open champion, Gary Woodland, has announced on social networks that he will undergo brain surgery soon, although he has not detailed the causes. The 39-year-old golfer has tweeted that he is scheduled to have an operation on September 18 "to remove a lesion found in my brain."

Gary Woodland, brain surgery

Woodland, a beloved player on the PGA Tour, adds: "I am in a good mood with my family and team by my side and so thankful for everyone's love and support." The winner of four tournaments on the American circuit, also explains that he "has treated the symptoms with medication" since the diagnosis "a few months ago", but that after consulting multiple specialists they have recommended that he undergo surgery.

Woodland hasn't had a good season, with just two top-10 finishes in 24 tournaments and he finished 94th in the FedEx Cup standings, so he didn't play in the playoffs this year. The one from Kansas, a great basketball player who opted for golf, leaves the competition with no return date.

The first U.S. tournament The Open was played on October 4, 1895 over a nine-hole course at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. The competition consisted of a total of 36 holes (four laps of the course) and was played in a single day.

Ten professionals and one amateur challenged each other; won one of the professionals, the twenty-one-year-old Englishman Horace Rawlins, who had arrived in the United States in January of the same year. He received a $150 prize and a gold medal worth $50; he also received the trophy of the U.S.

Open that he was able to keep for a year. In 1898 the first edition was played over 72 holes and the duration was extended to two days. The first U.S. Opens were won by experienced British golfers, including Scotsman Willie Anderson, who scored three consecutive successes between 1903 and 1905; in 1911 John McDermott became the first American to win the tournament and since then, American players have been the regular rulers of the championship.

Two years later, the qualifying phase was introduced: the 32 players with the lowest points after the two rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday advanced to the actual tournament, played on the following two days. The current format of 18 holes per day over four days was introduced in 1965.

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