Watts Undergoes Successful Hip Surgery


Brian Watts, runner-up at the 1998 British Open, has undergone successful hip surgery and plans to make the Genuity Championship at Doral his first tournament of the season.
Watts underwent the surgery Jan. 5. He said he has been experiencing varying levels of discomfort in his left hip since the second half of the 1999 season and was diagnosed with a torn acetabular labrum.
'The frustration of playing with discomfort last year and its affect on my golf swing led to a disappointing season,' said Watts.
Dr. Marc Philippon of Fort Lauderdale, Fl., performed the hip arthroscopy on Watts, the same surgery he has performed on Greg Norman, Steve Elkington, Jesper Parnevik and Tom Purtzer, as well as figure skater Tara Lipinski and Miami Dolphin quarterback Jay Fiedler.