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Brandt Snedeker is making his first start on the PGA Tour since September of last year at this week’s Memorial. The former FedEx Cup champion was sidelined for nine months after undergoing surgery on his sternum and enduring a painstakingly long rehab process.
Snedeker had been dealing with a sternum injury for years, but after his T-59 finish in September’s Fortinet Championship, he realized something needed to be done.
What was done was an “experimental surgery” that sounds both horrifying and extraordinarily painful.
“Took a bone out of my hip and cut my sternum open and kind of created a new sternum, in a sense. It is way more stable and hopefully does not cause me pain,” Snedeker told the media ahead of the Memorial.
The nine-time PGA Tour went into more graphic detail about how surgeons broke his sternum on purpose and attached what is now a former piece of his hip bone to his ‘new’ sternum.
“They took a bone about the size of my thumb out of my hip and they cut my sternum open and kind of cut across it and made a huge incision,” Snedeker explained. “They dialed out about the size of my pinkie on my lower part of the sternum and upper part and put that bone in the middle of ’em and kind of created a dowel almost like thing. And then wrapped it with bone putty and paste and tried to kind of let it heal and reattach itself.”
This sounds like some sort of sick procedure you’d see in a ‘Saw’ movie or something. How doctors even come up with this idea for a procedure in the first place is mindblowing, but that’s why they’re doctors and I write about sports for a living.
Snedeker is surely excited to get back inside the ropes and play competitive golf again after 16 weeks of “just sitting still” during rehab.
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