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Glover to have knee surgery, miss rest of season

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Lucas Glover is scheduled to have surgery on his right knee Sept. 5 to repair a torn meniscus tendon and will likely miss the rest of the season, he told TGC on Thursday.

Glover originally injured his knee at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions while paddle boarding in Hawaii and missed the first two months of the year, but at the time the injury was diagnosed as a strain and didn’t require surgery.

“Surgery was never on the table before,” Glover said. “Swing-wise it never came up and none of the doctors felt like it was needed.”

Glover, who withdrew from last week’s Wyndham Championship midway through the third round because of the pain, had a magnetic resonance imaging test on Tuesday that confirmed the tear. He said he started feeling stiffness in his knee during the PGA Championship but it was in Greensboro where he became concerned.

“The Wyndham was the first time I didn’t feel like my foot work was good and I don’t think the knee could take it,” Glover said.

Glover, who missed the FedEx Cup playoffs for the first time in his career, is scheduled to have the surgery in Brunswick, Ga., and is expected to be out nine weeks. He could be ready in time for the season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, which he won in 2005, but it seems likely he would skip the finale and prepare for 2013.

“I don’t have any problem walking, it’s when my right knee goes down and to the left, which is the first motion in my downswing,” he said. “It feels like my kneecap is going to explode . . . I’m looking at it as an opportunity to make sure it’s 100 percent.”