PGA’s Holmes to Have Brain Surgery

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.B. Holmes will be forced to miss the rest of the season as he withdrew Monday from the Barclays to prepare for a brain surgery that will correct the structural defects on his cerebellum which is the brain part responsible for controlling balance.

Holmes, who went to several specialists after feeling vertigo-like symptoms since May, was told that he has Chiari malformation. He is scheduled for surgery at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital on September 1.

“I know when people hear `’brain surgery’ it conjures up all kinds of images, but this a relatively low-risk surgery and only takes about an hour and a half,” Holmes said. “Best of all, there’s a very high success rate in fixing the condition. It’s just such a relief to know that there’s a name for what I’ve been going through these past few months and that I have a good chance of getting back to golf and to my regular life.”

Apparently, brainstem and the cerebellum are pushed downward when the skull’s lower rear indented bony space is smaller than normal, resulting to symptoms including muscle weakness, dizziness, headache, balance and coordination problems and vision problems.

The symptoms started at The Players Championship where Holmes tied for sixth. He has failed to make it to the top 40 finish since then.

Holmes, who is a 2008 Ryder Cup member, is however bent on returning to the competition three months after the surgery. He has recorded four Top 10s during his 10 PGA Tour starting this season.