The Loop

Immelman Hopes to Return for Scottsdale

January 23, 2008

Trevor Immelman is happy to see the calendar turn to 2008. Catching a stomach virus at last year's Masters and losing 30 pounds was only the half of it. After winning the Nedbank Challenge in December, Immelman, ranked as the PGA Tour's 18th-best player in Golf World's 2008 preview, thought he had a pulled muscle in his rib cage, but an X-ray showed a benign golf-ball-size tumor. He had it removed and hopes to start his season at next week's FBR Open. "It was pretty serious," said instructor David Leadbetter. "But he's very fit, and it won't be long, a week or two, before he's back to normal. He's such a quality player. He's one of those young guns who could really do something."

--Tim Rosaforte