Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher's is facing a month on the sidelines after undergoing an operation on a long-standing hand injury.
The Ryder Cup player will have his arm in a sling for ten days and is facing at least a four-week lay-off from the European Tour.
"The operation was performed on Monday by Doug Campbell, a top hand surgeon," Gallacher, who was part of the victorious European side at Gleneagles in 2014, said in a statement on his management group's website.
"He cut the tendon sheath away and there was a lot of inflammation. This has been bothering me since last May, when I was forced to pull out of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth before the first round.
"I've had cortisone injections, the latest one in December, but it's hindered me on the course, on the practice range and also in the gym.
"It's been a blessing really that it flared up again and has led to an operation being required as it means I can get back out there not worrying about it."
The 41 year old, who is 47th in the Ryder Cup qualifying standings, hopes to return to action in the Open de España at Valderrama in April.