It’s Time…

My week began as normal.  I wrote my weekly blog entry on Tuesday evening and recapped the trials and tribulations from the week prior.  The Humana Challenge was indeed…a challenge.  I talked about the difficulty in shaking off my winter rust and the confidence I had in the weeks and months ahead.  I spoke about how my family traveled from God’s Country to spend the week with me in the desert.  The weather was perfect and it was certainly a nice change from their “everyday January.”  The blog was ready to post but at the last minute…I chose to wait.

Why did I wait???  Well, to be honest…I waited because I had a hunch.  A hunch that unfortunately became reality.

After a frustrating round of golf on Thursday, I decided that it was in my best interest to withdraw from the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California.  Once again you ask…Why?  Well, I withdrew because I decided that it was finally TIME.

On Monday morning at 8am, I have an appointment in Vail, Colorado, with the most renown and respected hip doctor in the United States.  Dr. Marc Philippon and his staff at The Steadman Clinic will run a series of Bio-Motion tests as well as a MRI to determine the future of my left hip.  If surgery (which seems very obvious to me) is necessary, I will go under the knife on Tuesday morning.

So what does this mean in regards to the 2013 Season?  I have no idea…I will find out on Monday.

There is good news however.  Dr. Philippon and his staff are the best of the best.  I will be in good hands and I will listen, trust and value their opinion.  They have repaired the hips of a countless number of professional athletes who have suffered from major ailments…some of which include Alex Rodriguez, Greg Norman, and Brandt Snedeker.  I spoke with Brandt on Friday morning and his recommendation and insight played a pivotal part in my decision to visit Dr. Philippon and his staff.

I will keep everyone updated.  Thank you as always for your continued support.


13 Responses to “It’s Time…”

  1. Peter Hyatt says:

    Hoping for the best Blake!

  2. Thomas says:

    Hope all goes well and I get to see you again at US Open. Thomas – the boy you met at airport after Open. I hope surgery goes well. Want to see you play soon

  3. Marte Bassi says:

    Hello Blake

    I am Larry’s San Francisco friend from the desert. I wanted to get a bet down with you (just a small wager) for the Falcons / Niners — but it ended up a push anyway — well for the bettors anyway. Tough loss after a great start. After I saw you on the range on Thursday morning, I was in the first row behind the first tee when you pounded your drive — sweet. I then ran into Bill Clinton or he almost ran into me on his cart. We were face to face for a few seconds and I was speechless — not often mind you.

    Good luck this year; we will be watching.

    Go Niners!

  4. Joe Adams says:

    Blake, I’m sure it’s the best decision… you’ll come back BETTER THAN EVER!!! Bite the bullet, get the surgery, and then knock ‘em out when you’re ready!

  5. Coach Johns and Sheila Johns says:

    Praying that everything will go good, so you can get back on the golf course soon. Blake we enjoy following you on the computer. Hope this year will be one of your best years. Hip replacements aren’t as bad as they seem. I know you will work hard with Pt and Op. I had my scoundrel hip replacement on December. Lots of luck and many prayers.

  6. william mcnair says:

    Good luck from your Texas by way of Soperton & DEA friend.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you and Beth.

  7. Joe B. Martin says:

    Blake, I’ve had a blast watching your career these last few years and will be praying for you and your family. Say Hi to Chris for me.

    Joe B.

  8. Charlie Winslette says:

    Good decision to get that hip fixed. Just about impossible to play on that level with a hip that is not cooperating. Wishing you the very best outcome when you meet with the doctor. Good that he is really good. Cwinslette

  9. gaines dempsey says:

    I know we’re getting old, but a new hip, seriously! I guess your a little older than me.

    Good luck and I’m pulling for a quick recovery.


  10. Randy Merritt says:

    Blake…..Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Medicine is an incredible thing and there are lots of folks performing at a high level even with total hip replacements should your situation dictate that. We are all proud of you here in your old hometown. Good luck and God bless.

  11. Bulldog- Sorry to hear but at least you are not waiting until it is too late like most! I wish you the best! Hope it all goes as planned at the doc and we hope to see you soon in FTW!!!!!

  12. Vikki Womack says:

    We are praying that you will get the answers for your hip when you visit the Dr. You and your family remain in our prayers as this decision is made.

  13. Josh Aubrey says:

    Blake, So sorry to hear the news particulaly after you played so well in the big events last year. Kyler was quite sad to hear he won’t be seeing you on our golf trips for a while but we are hopeful you will be back soon, and better than ever. Glad you have this website (just found it tonight) and hope you will use it to update your progress.

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