Getting old can be a challenge on the body, as Davis Love III can sadly attest. The 52-year-old, who turned back the clock with his win at last year’s Wyndham Championship, is set to have his third surgery in four years.

Love shot an eight-over 78 on Thursday at Firestone Country Club during the first round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but withdrew from the tournament after he finished play. According to the Golf Channel, Love is now scheduled to have surgery on his left next Wednesday to repair a torn labrum.

Over the past few months, Love has been trying various therapies and treatments to ease the pain, but nothing seems to have worked. Love had thought about skipping the WGC-Bridgestone event entirely, but was scheduled to receive the Ambassador of Golf Award in a Wednesday ceremony at the tournament so he decided to try and play.

2016 Chris Condon/PGA TOUR

Davis Love III received this mural as he was honored with the 2016 Ambassador of Golf Award.

The procedure will prevent Love from defending his Wyndham title next month and from playing any more events in the 2015-’16 season, but should not interfere with his duties as captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team when the biennial matches are held at Hazeltine National in September.

Love unfortunately has become familiar with a doctor’s office. In 2013 he had neck surgery and in 2015 he went under the knife to correct problems with his right foot and toes.


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