Jeff Klauk was all but born to be a golfer. His father was the long-time course superintendant at TPC Sawgrass and Klauk grew up hitting balls at the range. He ended up playing his way onto the PGA TOUR and realizing his dream -- until life intervened. Klauk has overcome brain surgery and learned to live and play the game he loves despite suffering from epilepsy. Get to know him through these video features from "Inside the PGA TOUR."
Jeff Klauk recently joined Amanda Balionis to discuss the health problems that nearly ended his career on "Inside the PGA TOUR." “Inside” debuts Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. Watch a preview of the interview below.
Fred Funk and Jeff Klauk withdrew from the Transitions Championship on Wednesday. Funk has a problem with some cartilage in his chest while Klauk tweeted he isn’t feeling well.
@JEFFKLAUKpga Just WD from the tournament. Feeling terrible and need to head home. Innisbrook Is one of my favorite courses on tour as well
Funk was replaced by former Florida standout Billy Horschel while Richard S. Johnson replaced Klauk.
On the advice of his doctors, Jeff Klauk, who last played in THE PLAYERS Championhip, will skip the next four months of the PGA TOUR season and take steps to remedy a nagging and debilitating back injury. Klauk has struggled on the course this season but it wasn’t until recently that a herniated disc was discovered in his lower back.
“It’s been painful and that’s made it tough to perform at the highest level with the best players in the world,” said Klauk, who had three top-4 finishes last year and was a finalist for Rookie of the Year honors. “I’ll take this time off to consult with doctors, do what needs to be done and look forward to getting back to playing the kind of golf I know I’m capable of playing.”
Klauk, whose decision has the full backing of his sponsors, hopes to be back on Tour in time for the Fall Series. He will take a major medical exemption from the Tour and have 16 events to make top-125 money for 2010 and thereby retain his fully exempt status.