July 6, 2013

On his way back to the tee

Finally healthy, Adams eyes his return


Enough is enough

The money was nice, but the pain in his hip was becoming something he just couldn’t take any more and it was affecting his play. By the time the 2013 season started, the pain was becoming unbearable. He played in the Farmer’s Insurance Open and the Humana Challenge, but he missed the cut in both tournaments.

He decided it was time to do something. He went and saw Dr. Marc Philippon, who has performed on various world-class athletes such as Greg Norman, Mario Lemieux and Alex Rodriguez. Medical scans revealed a cyst, bone spurs and a torn labrum. Rather than have total hip replacement at the age of 37, his doctor suggested hip arthroscopy surgery to remove the cyst and bone spurs and shave and reshape his femur.

“My last two years have been successful, but I was definitely limited the entire time and feel that my success could have been greater,” Adams said. “I was told in 2008 that I needed total hip replacement or this form of surgery. It was long overdue and something I have dealt with on a daily basis since my diagnosis.”

The surgery took place in January, and Adams said the road to recovery has been a smooth one.

“My rehabilitation is going as planned,” he said. “I have started playing rounds of golf and according to my therapists and doctors, I am ahead of schedule. These last few months have been a very humbling experience and a long process. However, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I look forward to finally playing a round of golf pain free! I work out daily and I am practicing hard to make my personal goal of returning to the PGA Tour in October. I don’t see why I won’t reach my goal.”

In October, the PGA will begin a new tournament schedule with the season beginning at the end of one calendar year and stretching into the next. Adams expects to be back on top of his game when the new season rolls around.

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