Immelman undergoes surgery to remove growth on his diaphragm
Dec. 18, 2007

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Trevor Immelman underwent surgery on Tuesday to remove a growth on his diaphragm.

Immelman had withdrawn from the first round of last week's South African Airways Open when he had trouble breathing and was experiencing severe discomfort around his ribcage area. Doctors originally thought he had a lesion on his 11th right rib, but during the procedure on Tuesday, the surgeon discovered the growth was actually on his diaphragm.

The lesion was approxinmately the size of a golf ball and was diagnosed as a calcified fibrosis tumor. Further tests revealed that it was benign. Immelman is expected to be sidelined for four to eight weeks.

Immelman, who won the Nedbank Golf Challenge earlier this month, is one of the PGA TOUR's rising young stars. He won the 2006 Cialis Western Open and finished seventh on the TOUR money list -- earning Rookie of the Year honors in the process. He also has one European Tour victory and five more on the South African Tour.

The South African, who turned 28 on Sunday, has played on the last two Presidents Cup teams.