It was just a matter of time before Will Zalatoris made his way back into the PGA Tour’s elite, having established himself among its best ball strikers in his last full season. Despite not having won on the main stage, Zalatoris had a number of close calls, most notably when he finished second to Justin Thomas in a playoff at last year’s PGA Championship in Southern Hills.
But it was the next week that Zalatoris’ career took a major hit, when he withdrew from the BMW Championship and the season-ending Tour Championship due to herniated discs in his back. The 26-year-old underwent surgery to fix the issue in April, and it wasn’t until recently that he was able to get on the course again for the first time since then.
He finished T11 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and T4 at The Genesis Invitational, but he was an early withdrawal from this week’s Masters due to another back injury. And he won’t be able to tee it up at the 2024 PGA Championship, either, as he is one of the players that was forced to withdraw prior to Thursday’s start.
He is scheduled to tee it up again at this week’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, and that’s where he will make his public reintroduction to fans. The golf world will be eager to see if the surgery was successful and whether Zalatoris can get back on track to earn his first major win.