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Hip surgery for Brian Watts

Brian Watts, Open runner-up in 1998 at Royal Birkdale, has had surgery on his left hip to repair a torn cartilage and will miss the first two months of the season.

The 34-year-old American has had pain in his hip for around 18 months. He finished 133rd on the US money list last year, and missed retaining his Tour card by one stroke at qualifying school. However, e still has conditional
status, and hopes to make his return in the Genuity Championship at Doral.

"I'm really looking forward to 2001 and the prospect of being healthy," Watts said.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Marc Philippon, who has also operated on the hips of Greg Norman, Steve Elkington and Jesper Parnevik in the past year.



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