The PGA Tour star, 39, revealed his brain-tumor diagnosis in August
Gary Woodland is recovering after having surgery to remove a lesion on his brain.
In an update shared to social media Monday, the professional golfer, 39, was said to be “resting” after "the majority of the tumor" was removed in the operation, which took place earlier in the day.
“After a long surgery, the majority of the tumor has been removed and he is currently resting,” a statement posted on X (formerly known as Twitter) and Woodland’s Instagram read.
“At this time, the family requests space and privacy to be together,” the post continued. “Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers as he gets started on the road to recovery.”
The statement signed off with, “Team GW.”
Woodland announced in August that he would be having brain surgery to remove a lesion.
“I was diagnosed a few months ago and have been trying to treat symptoms with medication,” he wrote in a post. “After consulting with multiple specialists and discussing with my family, we’ve made the decision that surgery to remove the lesion is the best course of action.”
At the time, Woodland did not specify the type of lesion he had, but said the procedure would take place on Sept. 18.
The PGA Tour added that he was in “good spirits” following the support of his family and friends, and shared thanks to fans for their support also.
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The golfing and sporting communities have rallied behind Woodland following the latest update shared on his health and recovery.
Basketball analyst Jay Bilas added, “Get well, Gary! ❤️🙏.”
Woodland began his professional golfing career in 2007 after switching from a basketball scholarship to a golf one in college. The Kansas native has clinched four PGA wins, including the U.S. Open in 2019.
In 2018, he won the Waste Management Phoenix Open. A year later, at the same tournament, he asked Special Olympian Amy Bockerstette to join him on the par-3 16th hole in a practice round.
Bockerstette, 24, went viral for making the challenging hole, telling Woodland, "I got this," before succeeding the shot.
Woodland's last Instagram post before revealing his scheduled surgery plans was in April, as he shared a promotional video with PUMA Golf.
"Lacin’ up for the first major of the year. Bring on Rd. 1 in Georgia," he wrote in his caption.
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