Joe Affrunti had surgery on his left hip on Dec. 9 and does not plan to return to competition until this summer at the earliest.
The holdover PGA TOUR rookie hasn't teed it up in sanctioned competition since the Cox Classic on the Web.com Tour in late August. He made 12 starts on the circuit to complement five with the big boys. Still equipped with eight starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $599,714 and a promotion to the Major Medical category, Affrunti will return on his terms. "It’s definitely frustrating," he said. "I had a lot of momentum over the summer and my game was coming around. So it’s frustrating that I couldn’t keep up that momentum. But I’ll get it back and, hopefully, I’ll be even better. ... One thing I’ve heard the hard way with rehab is that when you feel good, you want to push it even more. But that’s when you can retweak things if the the muscles aren’t developed enough to handle it. I want to get this hip back as soon as possible, but I know I’ve got to be patient."
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 04:43:00 PM