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Former US Open champion Gary Woodland said on Wednesday that he would undergo surgery next month to remove a lesion from his brain.

The American golfer said he was trying to treat the injury, which was diagnosed “a few months ago” with medication, but has decided to have surgery on Sept. 18 after consulting with specialists.

Woodland, whose four US PGA Tour titles include the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach, wrote on social media, “I am in good spirits with my family and team and very grateful for everyone’s love and support.”

After that win, Woodland warmed hearts when he took a moment to video call Amy Bockerstett, a young golfer from Arizona with Down syndrome, whom Woodland had met during the week of the PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open and played with him.

Video of Bokerstett’s confident save from a bunker in Phoenix and Woodland’s apparent joy at her performance mesmerized golf fans when it went viral on social media, the moment sparking an enduring friendship between the two.

He and his wife, Gabby, have three children.

Woodland finished the season ranked 94th in the FedExCup standings, making 18 cuts in 24 starts and posting two top-10 finishes.

The 39-year-old gave no timetable for his return, saying only: “Thank you for your support during this time.”

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