Bruce Devlin, a 59-year-old Australian who won eight times on the PGA Tour, is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz., to remove his cancerous right kidney.
The PGA Tour said Wednesday that doctors discovered the cancer this week during an examination at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Devlin tied for 56th Sunday in the senior tour's Emerald Coast Classic at Milton, Fla.
"I have full confidence in the doctors I'm working with," Devlin said. "They tell me I have about a 95 percent chance of full recovery, and there's no reason I can't go on and live a full and normal life, provided the cancer hasn't spread."
Devlin, the 1995 FHP Health Care Classic winner, is the fourth Senior PGA Tour player to be stricken with some form of cancer this year. Arnold Palmer and Jim Colbert had their cancerous prostate glands removed, and Larry Gilbert is undergoing chemotherapy for lung cancer.