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Will Zalatoris underwent back surgery on Saturday and is set to miss the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old had withdrawn from the Masters on Thursday, after declaring that he was fully fit only a day previously.

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Now, he has revealed he won’t tee it up for the rest of the season, after undergoing a microdiscectomy on Saturday. In a statement released on Monday, the current world No. 8 said that he had consulted multiple medical opinions before undergoing the procedure and that he is already seeing benefits of the surgery.

The news means that Zalatoris is likely to miss this year’s Ryder Cup, and all four of this year’s major championships.

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It’s the latest setback in what has been a difficult few months for the PGA Tour winner. Zalatoris missed the last four months of the 2022 season with two herniated discs in his back, shortly after winning the FedEx St Jude Championship, his maiden win on the PGA Tour. 

The American had started to show signs of promise, playing in seven PGA Tour events in 2023, only missing one cut.

Last year, Zalatoris excelled in major championships, finishing in the top-ten three times, with his worst finish a tie for 28th at the 150th Open Championship.

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Lewis Fraser As bunkered’s Performance Editor, Lewis oversees the content that’s designed to make you a better player. From the latest gear to tuition, nutrition, strategy and more, he’s the man. A graduate of the University of Stirling, Lewis joined bunkered in 2021. Formerly a caddie at Castle Stuart Golf Links, he is a member of Bathgate Golf Club where he plays off four.

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