“It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years.
“I could no longer live with the pain I had. Even lying down hurt.
I had nerve pain with anything I did and was at the end of my rope.”
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The 41-year-old added: “As for returning to competitive golf, the long-term prognosis is positive. It’s just a matter of not screwing up.
“I can’t twist for another 2½ to three months. But other guys who have had fusions or disc replacements — like Davis Love III, Retief Goosen, Lee Trevino, Lanny Wadkins and Dudley Hart — have all come back and played.
“But more than anything, it made their lives better.”