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Knee surgery ahead for Mark James

Champions Tour rookie Mark James will undergo surgery Feb. 17 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

The surgery is scheduled for Broward General Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and will be performed by Dr. George Caldwell, orthopedic consultant to the NFL's Miami Dolphins. James indicated there is a possibility the surgery may be moved up to Friday or Monday. Following the procedure, he will remain in Fort Lauderdale "five to six days after the surgery to make sure there are no post-operative problems."

James withdrew from this week's ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla. late Monday.

The Englishman injured the knee recently while skiing -- or, as he called it "high-altitude training" -- in France. He and his wife, Jane, will move from Key Biscayne to Fort Lauderdale Wednesday to be near the hospital.

"If I'm very lucky, I may be able to play the MasterCard Classic in Mexico," said James, who recorded a share of 18th in his Champions Tour debut at the Royal Caribbean Golf Classic last week. "I'm not sure how I managed to shoot even par at Key Biscayne. I experienced a lot of pain unless I kept the swing short. I couldn't seem to do that on a regular basis. I had to try and keep it short and not hit it hard, which was not easy to do."

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