Gary Woodland On Mental Struggle After Surgery: Negative Energy's Contagious

Woodland explained that his return has been a gradual process for him

by Sead Dedovic
Gary Woodland On Mental Struggle After Surgery: Negative Energy's Contagious
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Gary Woodland's story is special in many ways. This brilliant golfer managed to return to the golf course and give his best after undergoing surgery to remove a lesion in the brain. The 40-year-old American had surgery in January this year, and just four months later, he returned, although many expected his recovery and absence to last longer. 

Despite some predictions, Woodland managed to return to the course and show how much he loves golf. His comeback didn't bring many positivities, at least when it comes to scores. In five starts, the American had four missed cuts, which is not the standard Woodland is used to. 

Still, his return itself is a big deal. 

Woodland has every right to be happy with his recent performance. Namely, he had a brilliant second-round 64 at the Charles Schwab Challenge. 

In a media interview, the 40-year-old emphasized that he is very happy with his performance, considering that he achieved a great feat. Such performances indicate that Gary could once again find his rhythm, as we've come to expect from him. 

Speaking of his playing aspects, he highlighted that he excelled in every aspect, which hasn't been the case for a long time.

"I just put everything together. It's been a while. I think that's the lowest round of golf I've shot on Tour in a couple years. It was nice," he said, as quoted by Golf Monthly.

"It was nice to have all aspects. I drove it well, iron play, controlled the ball really well, and the short game was nice and made some putts. It's been a long time since I put it all together."

Woodland explained that his return has been a gradual process for him. He admitted that he might have returned to the game too soon after his surgery. He expressed that he still doesn't feel as good as he would like to.  This suggests that there will be a period needed to see the best of him. Patience will be crucial in the whole story, both for him and for the fans. Throughout his career, Woodland has been accustomed to being patient, believing in himself. And this time will be no different.

Reflecting on his experience at the Wells Fargo Championship, he mentioned that it was the first tournament where he faced symptoms similar to those he had experienced the year before his surgery. This realization was eye-opening for him as he recognized that although he didn't feel great, he also didn't feel as bad as he did a year ago.

Woodland emphasizes that he has forgotten all the problems he faced before the surgery, for which he is particularly grateful. It was necessary for him to elevate his level of play, progress, and show everyone that they can expect the best from him.

The 40-year-old golfer admitted that every day is a new struggle, and that he is still on medication. His battle has not ceased, but his intentions are to remain positive despite all the hardships that have befallen him. He is especially positive considering that in the last three weeks, he has been feeling better in every sense. 

Gary admitted that sometimes he would inadvertently produce negativity because he didn't feel well. Woodland believes that in life, there are many things to be grateful for, especially when he sees himself in the position he was in a year ago and where he is now.

Woodland: Negative energy's contagious

Woodland struggled with negativity, and each morning presented a unique challenge for him. Now, after some time, he has changed his mindset. He admitted that it's difficult to function in conditions when you don't feel well and that it's natural to be negative.

"Negative energy's contagious. I've been thankful, but it's been hard on myself just when you wake up and you don't feel great, and that's not a good attitude and energy to have," he said. 

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Sometimes, negative experiences can be crucial for everyone, including Gary. Such experiences have taught him to be more positive, to change his energy, and to start building his career in that way. The 40-year-old is grateful for all things, as they have shaped him precisely.

"It took me to going back to a place where I remembered how bad it was a year ago and I'm like, 'Oh, wow, I'm getting better.' I think the energy's changed for me the last three weeks and something I'll continue to build on."- he concluded.

We hope that Woodland can continue to be equally good throughout the rest of the season. At this moment, his health should be his priority, and only then the excellent results.