Two-time PGA Tour winner J.L. Lewis withdrew from the Regions Tradition on Saturday, announcing he has been diagnosed with a form of bone marrow cancer.
Lewis revealed the news on his Twitter account, @JLLewisGolf, which he operates with his wife and business manager, Dawn.
'The condition is treatable and the (doctor) feels he can get back to health & playing golf in the future,' she tweeted. 'Keep JL in your prayers. We appreciate the love & support!'
Lewis, who turns 52 next month, visited Dr. Larry Lemak, a sports medicine specialist, on Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala., where the Tradition was being played. Lewis was seeking relief for mid-back pain he has experienced the last few weeks, according to an email from Dawn Lewis.
An MRI taken as part of that visit indicated cause for concern with his bone marrow. Lewis was referred to oncologist Dr. Allen Yielding at Brookwood Medical Center. Dr. Yielding diagnosed Lewis with a rare form of bone marrow cancer.
Treatment has already started at Brookwood Medical Center and will continue through late next week. The couple will then return to their home in Austin, Texas, to continue treatment.
Lewis joined the Champions Tour in late 2010. His best finish this season is a T-15 at the Allianz Championship in February.