Langer to Miss Two Months After Thumb Surgery

PGATour.com—March 25, 2011

Bernhard Langer underwent successful surgery on his left thumb on Wednesday and will be out approximately two months.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Andrew Weiland, who performed thumb surgery on Anthony Kim, among others on the PGA TOUR, at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Langer required surgical repair of the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpal joint on the left thumb for an injury suffered from a bicycle accident. The surgical procedure is also known as 'skiier's thumb repair.'

"Bernhard underwent a successful surgical repair and has recovered well from the procedure," said Dr. Weiland in a release. "He will remain immobilized in a splint for five weeks, and will begin range of motion exercises afterwards. It is anticipated that he will return to golfing activities in approximately eight weeks. A full recovery is expected."

"I'm obviously disappointed that the injury occurred, but especially disappointed with such an important part of my schedule coming up, including the Masters," Langer said. "I do, however, appreciate the fine care of Dr. Weiland and his team, and will work hard to recover to allow me to resume play on the Champions Tour this summer."

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