Retief Goosen's 2012 season is over, as the two-time U.S. Open Champ is shutting it down following back surgery, according to South Africa's Sport24 News. Goosen first announced the surgery on Aug. 23 via a statement on his website. According to the man himself, the surgery went well.
Prognosis for a return to golf looks pretty good, too: "I am looking forward to returning to the Tour fully fit," Goosen said in the announcement, "And, in the meantime, I plan to put my feet up, enjoy watching the golf on TV and relish the opportunity to spend more time with Tracy and my children." Not bad.
Goosen last played in the PGA Championship, where he finished tied for 48th. In all, though, 2012 was a solid comeback year for The Goose, whose disappointing 2011 dropped him outside the World's Top 50, and off the Masters tee sheet for the first time since 1999. The South African is currently 23rd on the European Tour's Order of Merit.
So far, well wishes have poured in on Goosen from Twitter, including one from fellow countryman Gary Player, which he tweeted a full two hours before the Sport24 report. The Black Knight is always on point.
Sending my best wishes to Retief Goosen while he recovers from back surgery.Hoping for a speedy recovery and a return to play in 2013.
— Gary Player (@garyplayer) August 27, 2012