Paul Goydos hasn't played since last February. (Halleran/Getty Images)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
It has been more than 15 months since Paul Goydos last played on the PGA TOUR.
That will change at this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic, where Goydos is making his season debut after missing most of last year following a left hand and wrist injury that would require two surgeries.
"I need to figure out where (my game) is at," Goydos said via cell phone as he prepared to board a plane to Memphis on Sunday night. "You really can't simulate a TOUR event."
Goydos, who will turn 49 later this month, had a bone spur that was irritating a tendon removed from the wrist in March. Tendinitis in his left wrist has persisted throughout his career.
In October, he had another procedure done to remove a bone spur from his left index finger.
"From a pain management standpoint, I'm fine," said Goydos, who has two career wins and is one of five players to have shot 59 on TOUR. "But I want to give me hand a test, hitting balls seven straight days and all the rigors that go with playing a tournament.”
Goydos made just six starts in 2012 before missing the remainder of the season.
If all goes well in Memphis, Goydos will also play in the Travelers Championship two weeks later. After that, he'll assess the situation.
"I've gone as far as I can go at home, it's time to go out and evaluate my game," Goydos said. "The second thing I need to evaluate is if I'm ready to compete inside the ropes and that will be based on how I handle it more than what I shoot."