Retief Goosen, the two-time US Open champion, has had back surgery to repair the problems which have plagued him in recent times.
This means he will be out of action for an indeterminate period as he recovers and does what is required to get back to full fitness.
In a short announcement on his website on Thursday, he said: ÂI just wanted to update you on my back injury that has caused me a few problems recently.
ÂI met with my spinal consultant again last week and we decided that the best treatment was for me to have back surgery this week. The operation has gone well and I will now stay in hospital for a few days before recuperating at home.
ÂI am looking forward to returning to the Tour fully fit and, in the meantime, I plan to put my feet up, enjoy watching the golf on TV and relish the opportunity to spend more time with Tracy and my children.
ÂI will keep you informed of my progress over the next few months.Â
Despite his difficulties, he managed a share of 10th in the US Open, and a similar finish in the RBC Canadian Open.
In South Africa, he managed third behind Louis Oosthuizen in the European Tour co-sanctioned Africa Open in January, and, together with Ernie Els, lost to Branden Grace in a playoff for the Volvo Golf Champions at Fancourt later in that month.
He has managed to earn enough to still be 22nd in the Race to Dubai (ahead of the Johnnie Wlaker Championship), even though his best finish besides those two events on the European Tour has been 23rd in the Alstom Open de France.