In reviewing last season, the PGA Tour media guide notes Brad Faxon had season-ending foot surgery in August but is expected to be ready for the 2008 season.
It just didn’t say when.
Then again, Faxon didn’t realize he would have another surgery on his right knee – his third since 2003 – or a microfracture surgery that followed, a complicated procedure in which tiny fractures in the bone begin the process for cartilage to rebuild.
The good news for Faxon is his doctor has cleared him to play next week in the Ginn sur Merr Classic in Florida, his second start of the year.
The first one came at Turning Stone three weeks ago, where he missed the cut and wondered if he would be one-and-done after swelling in the knee.
“Being out on tour is not the same as being home in a cart,” he said.
Faxon wanted to make sure he wouldn’t do any more damage to his knee, and doctors gave him the go-ahead last week.
“My season is a wash anyway,” Faxon said. “I just want to make sure that when January gets here, I’m ready to play. It would be a hard winter if I can’t play, especially not having played the last year.”
Except for Turning Stone, his last official event was the Wyndham Champion in August 2007.
The perfect host
Morgan Pressel, who last year signed an endorsement as Kapalua’s touring pro, had a share of the lead going into the final round of the inaugural Kapalua LPGA Classic. She said she tried to stick to her routine by going to dinner and getting to bed.
Turns out there’s more to the story.
Upon learning Kapalua officials were meeting with a potential sponsor Saturday night, Pressel invited herself to dinner to meet with company officials. Then, she went out and won the tournament with a 15-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the 18th hole.
Lee Westwood now has gone 27 tournaments without winning, dating to the British Masters last year, but he still rates this season as a success.
He was a serious threat to win a major for the first time, finishing one shot out of the U.S. Open playoff. He also came close to winning his first World Golf Championship, finishing one behind Vijay Singh.
More than those close calls, he looks at consistency. He has had a dozen finishes in the top 10, including seven top 3s.
“It’s a fine line between winning a golf tournament and finishing second and third,” Westwood said last week in Portugal. “So I could quite easily be sitting here with four, five, six wins.”
Padraig Harrington would be among those who understand.
From 1998 through 2001, Westwood won 12 times and had four runner-up finishes on the European tour. Harrington won three times and was runner-up 14 times during that same stretch.
“It’s just one of those things you can’t really quantify and put your finger on the difference between winning and finishing second,” Westwood said.