Retief Goosen decided to undergo back surgery in August after suffering from back spasms for several years. Goosen underwent surgery in London where surgeons installed a titanium disc with a rubber core to replace the decaying disc in his back. Goosen who wasn’t able to start hitting balls again until mid-December has rapidly shown signs of returning to old form. Goosen returned to competition at the European Tour’s Volvo Golf Champions where he finished T20. Two weeks later Goosen played in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, but missed the cut. Goosen utilized a Major Medical Extension in order to attempt to earn back his PGA TOUR status for 2013. Goosen would have 5 starts to earn $78,000, but would need just one. In his first PGA TOUR event since undergoing surgery, Goosen finished tied for 9th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AM. Goosen earned $175,500 meeting the terms of his Major Medical Extension. Goosen is now in the number-one priority in the Major Medical category for the remainder of the season. Goosen has also now decided to play a full schedule in the United States this year. In a statement Goosen said “It’s nice to be back here in America, my focus is to play a full schedule in America this year and get back into the swing of things.” Having met the terms of his Major Medical Extension, the two-time U.S. Open champion will play out of Priority Ranking Number 21 the remainder of the year.