Davis Love III has undergone hip surgery in order to ensure he can physically cope with the demands of being Ryder Cup captain for the United States in September.
A troublesome hip left Love with a decision to either stop playing until after the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National or have an operation to try and correct the issue beforehand.
The 52-year-old revealed the injury had been getting progressively worse, so he went under the knife on Wednesday to ensure there was no further physical hindrance.
"It was getting more and more uncomfortable. I worked so hard in March to get ready for the Masters and Hilton Head stretch," Love told PGA.com.
"Through working hard on the swing, I was continually making things worse for my hip. For everyday life, it didn't bother me, but for swinging and turning and walking, the more I did it, the worse it got.
"Swinging correctly with the mechanics required to hit 300-yard drives and trying to keep up with the younger guys, was tearing my hip up. I tried an injection to calm it down and that didn't work.
"After surgery, it's already better. It was locked, basically. It's been about a two to three-month process.
"I either had to quit playing until after the Ryder Cup, or get it done quickly and be ready to walk in September.
"I didn't want to push it another month and be physically limited at the Ryder Cup. I also didn't want to wait and screw up next season, which starts two weeks after the Ryder Cup."
Surgery means Love will miss the PGA Championship, which he won for his first and only major in 1997, but he is looking forward to feeling comfortable at Hazeltine.
"The painful part of all this is missing the PGA Championship and the Wyndham Championship, where I'm the defending champion," he continued.
"Now that I've crossed that bridge, I'm excited about hitting balls before the Ryder Cup and then walking at the Ryder Cup without a limp."