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Brad Faxon regretting skipping surgery

Brad Faxon decided not to have surgery after tearing ligaments in his right knee toward the end of 2003. He had only two top 10s last year and wound up 76th on the money list, his lowest position since 1990.

Any regrets about surgery?

``Every day,'' Faxon said candidly.

A recent MRI showed the ACL is completely torn with no hope of healing on its own. It feels OK, and Faxon said it doesn't bother him swinging the club. ``It's not a hindrance to golf,'' he said.

What he believes set him back was being unable to play other sports.

Faxon lives in Rhode Island and puts his clubs away for the winter. He has a history of doing well on the West Coast because he stays competitive in the offseason by playing squash, table tennis and working out.

``I couldn't do any of that,'' Faxon said. ``I think that competitive stuff I missed from playing those sports has hurt. Every year, after I moved back to Rhode Island, I always got off to great starts on the West Coast having not touched a club ... I literally played two days before going to Hawaii.

``The last two years, I haven't done anything competitively off the course. I think it's interesting.''

Faxon had at least two top 10s on the West Coast every year since 2000, including his victory at the 2001 Sony Open. Since injuring his knee, he has made it to the weekend only once in two years on the West Coast -- a tie for 29th this year at the Nissan Open.

Faxon felt like he turned the corner at Quail Hollow, where he played the weekend at 1 under par and tied for 44th. ``Confidence-wise, I made a huge step in two days,'' he said.

As for that surgery?

``I think I'm going to take care of it this fall,'' Faxon said.


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