Wal­lace is on the road to re­cov­ery after op

Strathearn Herald - - SPORT -

Com­rie golf pro­fes­sional Wal­lace Booth will be out of ac­tion for six months fol­low­ing a shoul­der op­er­a­tion.

The for­mer Walker Cup star (32) went un­der the knife in De­cem­ber and is al­ready look­ing for­ward to get­ting back out on the course.

But he knows that the process can’t be rushed and said:“I had surgery on De­cem­ber 15 and so far I’m re­cov­er­ing well.

“It will be a min­i­mum of six months be­fore I will be able to com­pete, but I am just tak­ing one day at a time.

“It will be es­sen­tial to find out why this same in­jury has hap­pened again, es­pe­cially since I’ve been very care­ful since my last op­er­a­tion.

“This in­cludes what I have and haven’t been do­ing in the gym, and proper warm-ups be­fore play­ing.

“I’m hop­ing for a speedy and suc­cess­ful re­cov­ery to get me back on the course, but I know one day at a time is key.”

Wal­lace is re­flect­ing on a mixed 2017, which in­cluded an Al­garve Pro Golf Tour vic­tory at the be­gin­ning of the year. How­ever, shoul­der prob­lems started to hin­der his progress as the sum­mer ap­proached, be­fore the full ex­tent of the in­jury was dis­cov­ered in De­cem­ber.

Wal­lace said:“It is in­cred­i­ble how quickly 2017 has come and gone. It was def­i­nitely a year of two halves for my golf.

“My pre-sea­son was a suc­cess as I man­aged to get my first win in four-and-a-half years in a play­off and felt like I was build­ing mo­men­tum, es­pe­cially with a steady first three events on the EuroPro Tour.

“After a three-week break in May/June, I started to feel pain in my left shoul­der — a pain which was quite fa­mil­iar.

“My game wasn’t the same from then on, and even­tu­ally, at the start of De­cem­ber, it was dis­cov­ered that I had re-torn my labrum and needed an op­er­a­tion to re­pair it.”

De­spite the set-back Wal­lace is re­main­ing pos­i­tive, con­clud­ing:“I am ex­cited about 2018 and what it holds.”

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