Kevin Chappell will undergo microdiscectomy surgery, plans for 2019 return

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PGA Tour pro Kevin Chappell will be off the course for the foreseeable future.

On Saturday, the two-time winner announced he will undergo microdiscectomy surgery after considering all of his options. 

There is no set timeline for his return, but the usual recovery for microdiscectomy does prohibit patients from physical activity for up to six weeks.

“2018 has been a tough year for me physically,” Chappell wrote on Instagram. “After considering all options with my team we have decided having a microdiscectomy is the best option for my future. I’ll be having the surgery next week and will get to work to get myself back to where I know I can be as a player. Thank you for all the support. See you in 2019.”


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In 2016, Chappell had his breakout year after posting eight top-10 finishes and losing the Tour Championship in a playoff to famed golfer Rory McIlroy. The following season he was in the winner’s circle for the first time in his PGA Tour career at the Texas Open and made the U.S. Presidents Cup team.

However, last year he struggled.

Chappell, 32, missed seven cuts in 23 appearances to finish outside the top 80 in the FedEx Cup standings. His best outing was at the CIMB Classic when he finished T-10.