Malaysia’s Danny Chia will be out of action for the rest of the year following neck surgery in early September. The 40-year-old underwent the surgery last Thursday at the Pantai Medical Centre in Bangsar to relieve a pinched nerve caused by bone spurs between the C4 and C5 vertebrae and insert a steel plate.
“The neck problem got really bad after the PGM Templer Park Masters and after a few sessions with my chiropractor, Hayden Pooke of the HSC Cheras Specialists Centre, we realised that it was quite serious. I went to see a neurosurgeon, Dr. FC Wong at the Pantai Medical Centre and he told me that it’s basically a wear and tear problem that’s common with sportsmen, so we decided to proceed with the surgery to remove the bone spurs,” said Chia, who was Malaysia’s top golfer for the most part of the last decade and a half before Nicholas Fung took over earlier this year.
“I’ll definitely be out of tournament play for the rest of this year but hopefully I’ll be able to come back in January. I’ll be starting rehabilitation work in the gym soon to build up muscle mass especially in my right arm and hopefully will be able to start hitting golf balls in October,” added Chia, who won the 2002 Acer Taiwan Open to become Malaysia’s first ever winner on the Asian Tour.