told Golf World in January. He initially returned to competition at the
Australian Open in December 2010
but withdrew before the final round
after experiencing considerable pain.
Diagnosed with two bulging disks
after the tournament, Hart resumed
rehabilitation in 2011 but continued to
experience periodic discomfort, usually after playing golf more than two
straight days, he said. —Mike Cullity
During media day for the
British Open, Dawson
(second from right) said
the R&A’s discussions
with the USGA about anchoring clubs against the
body are proceeding “at
quite an intense pace.”
in June 2009 (Voices, Feb. 6), Hart
underwent corrective spinal surgery
April 18 in New York City, said his
agent, Jamie Wiles.
After playing through pain and
missing the cut at Pebble, Hart
sought an opinion from an orthopedic
surgeon in his hometown of Buffalo,
which led to the second surgery, Wiles
said. Dr. Frank Cammisa performed
the surgery at New York’s Hospital for
Special Surgery, and it was deemed
successful, added Wiles, who declined
to share further details.
Although Hart’s recovery timeline
is uncertain, the 43-year-old pro is
confident the surgery will afford him
the chance to return to competition. “He was pretty strong going
into the operation with all the rehab
that he’s done, and I think they had a
pretty good feeling based on his core
strength,” Wiles said.
Dr. Arthur Day performed the 2009
surgery that fused the L5 and S1 ver-tebrae in Hart’s lower back, the golfer
Every’s getting closer,
but still learning
�� At least Matt Every didn’t have to
answer THAT question, but when he
starts off a post-tournament interview
after finishing T- 2 at the Valero Texas
Open, two strokes behind Ben Curtis,
by saying, “Oh man, a little bummed
out,” it’s difficult not to smile.
Every was one of three men arrested in a hotel in Bettendorf, Iowa, and
charged with possession of marijuana
on July 6, 2010. Although he denied
possessing the drug and apologized
for poor judgment, he was suspended
by the tour for 90 days. On Sunday, if
his putter had been smoking, he would
have won the Valero Texas Open.
“Yeah, another learning experi-
ence. Been hearing that for about 15
years,” he said, despite being only 28
and a pro just since 2006. “But I don’t
know, man. I mean they got to go in
sometimes and they didn’t today, but
they will one day. Saving for some-
thing bigger maybe.”
Every gradually has been getting
closer to winning in 2012. After just
one top- 10 finish in 29 starts prior to
this year, the Daytona Beach, Fla., na-
tive started the season with a T- 6 at
the Sony Open. He was also T- 3 at the
01 Ai Miyazato, after a putting tip from her father, wins for the
first time in 2012 at the LPGA Lotte
As with Deacon Palmer and Earl Woods—
and TV’s Robert Young—father knows best.
02 Lee Westwood (above) wins the Indonesian Masters with
just one top 100 player in the field: him.
There are no bad wins, but let’s face it: Until
the World No. 3 wins a major, it’s all just filler.
03The venerable Texas Open turns 90 with just two players from
the World Ranking top 50 in the field.
The Indonesian Masters would have killed
for that lineup.
04 Ben Curtis ends a 5½-year victory drought at the Valero
Who says the field was bad? They had a
former major champion as the winner.
05 The House of Representatives votes to award Jack Nicklaus
the Congressional Gold Medal.
Better than the silver medal he got from the
Olympics Golf Course Selection Committee.
06 Two months before the U. S. Open the USGA adds a new
fairway bunker to the 17th hole.
Not quite the Hinkle Tree addition at the
1979 Open at Inverness, but it’s close.
07 Unheralded Branden Grace becomes the first men’s player
to win three times in 2012.
Grace? Again. Amazing.
08Colombia’s Diego Velasquez makes ace on No. 13 at the Valero
Texas Open, his second tour event.
The 1 helped him make the cut and a check.
Hey, you do what you gotta do.
thomas B. Allen, Middletown, ohio
09 Time magazine names Yani Tseng one of “The 100 Most
Influential People in the World.”
Non-golfers said “Huh?”, but he did not
make the list this year.