Blood-spinning treatments for back pain help Hank Kuehne return to Tour
Golf.com - almost 5 years
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The last time <a class="fplink fp-465965" href="/Hank+Kuehne+1">Hank Kuehne</a> finished in the top 10 on the PGA Tour was at the 2005 International in Castle Pines, Colo., where he finished fourth.
Shortly after that, Kuehne's back pain began to prevent any such heroics, and the 1998 U.S. Amateur champion lost his game. He missed the cut in seven of nine starts in '06, and in all three of his Tour starts in '07. He began seeing back doctors in hopes of reviving his once-promising career, but even though he saw 13 specialists, nothing helped. A year went by, and then two, and Kuehne made news only in his choice of girlfriends, tennis star Venus Williams (they've since split). His Tour career was kaput.
"I gave up," Kuehne said from the Honda Classic at PGA National, where he will make his first PGA Tour start since 2007. "I was done."
Fate intervened to bring him back. Kuehne's dad, Ernie, was seeking a remedy for his own aches and pains in 2008 and came