Less than six months after he sat stunned as Arnold Palmer revealed he had prostate cancer, two-time Senior PGA Tour player of the year Jim Colbert had successful surgery Monday on his cancerous prostate.
Colbert, 56, was operated on at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., said PGA Tour spokesman David Lancer.
“Everything went well and the cancer appears to be localized,” said Lancer, who spoke with Colbert’s office.
Lancer said there is no timetable for Colbert’s return to competition.
Ernie Els ended Tiger Woods’ brief tenure at the top of the world golf rankings after following up his U.S. Open success with a victory at the Buick Classic.
Els, who defeated Jeff Maggert by two strokes, becomes the first South African to be ranked No. 1 and the 10th player in all since the rankings began in 1986.
Woods had last week passed Greg Norman to become the youngest-ever top-ranked player at the age of 21. He finished 19 shots behind Els at the Buick Classic.
Norman and Colin Montgomerie are third and fourth, respectively. Nick Price, Tom Lehman, Steve Elkington, Jumbo Ozaki, Mark O’Meara and Nick Faldo complete the Top 10.
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