American golfer JB Holmes will miss the rest of the 2011 season as he prepares to undergo brain surgery to help cure his vertigo-like symptoms.

Holmes was a member of the victorious 2008 American Ryder Cup team and has been suffering vertigo-type symptoms since the Players Championship.

The 29-year-old has been diagnosed with Chiari malformations, which are structural defects in the part of the brain which controls balance.

He will undergo surgery in the begining of September, the surgery is not expected to be career or life threatening and Holmes expects to be out of the game for three months.

"It's just such a relief to know that there's a name for what I've been going through these past few months and that I have a good chance of getting back to golf and to my regular life," Holmes said in a statement.

"This is a relatively low-risk surgery and only takes about an hour and a half. Best of all, there's a very high success rate in fixing the condition."

The big-hitting Holmes was in good form in the early part of the year recording four top-10s in his first 10 PGA Tour starts this season before his form sharply declined after the Players Championship because of the illness.

  • William Wilson

    The game is difficult enough when you’re in balance – I wish him well…

  • William Wilson

    The game is difficult enough when you’re in balance – I wish him well…