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Brandt Jobe returns after major finger surgery

Brandt Jobe had another injury to his left hand, this one from pushing a broom, not swinging a club.

This time, he had reason to believe his career might be over.

Jobe was sweeping his garage late last year when the handle broke, exposing a thin piece of metal that sliced through his fingers. He felt pain, then a little fear when he looked down and saw the top of his fingers on the floor.

He calmly placed the tips in a bag and said to his 6-year-old daughter, "Daddy has to go to the hospital."

Jobe said three doctors at the emergency room near Dallas told him there was nothing they could do, but he found another one -- Dr. David Zehr -- who specializes in attaching fingers. He went to work on it right away, and it was a success.

"Emotionally, this was the hardest of the injuries," Jobe said. "I was lucky."

In 2003, Jobe broke a bone in his left wrist and broke it again a year later. He still has no feeling in his pinky finger from those injuries.

Jobe is making his 2007 debut at the PODS Championship, with 10 tournaments having already been played.

"It wouldn't be that big of a deal if this were a normal year," Jobe said. "But with the FedExCup and everything, you probably have to be 80th to have any chance of winning it. I'm already two months behind."

He is not eligible for three of the next four tournaments (Bay Hill, Doral and the Masters) but plans to play often. Assuming he stays healthy.

"If I keep this up, I'm going to be a bionic man," he said.


March 7, 2007

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