Even if Azinger, 33, completely regains his health, there is no guarantee he will be as great a player when he returns. But if he needs inspiration, he can look to two other players. In 1972 a malignant tumor was discovered under Gene Littler's left arm. The growth, along with surrounding muscle and nerves, was surgically removed. Littler returned to the Tour within a year, won five tournaments in the late '70s and still competes on the Senior tour. And the LPGA's Shelley Hamlin won the 1992 Phar-Mor at Inverrary—her first victory since 1978—only seven months after a modified radical mastectomy.
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