“I tried to play in January, but I experienced a lot of swelling and pain,” Marino said. “If you try to come back too early, you can do more damage. So I had to learn how to be patient. I have done that, and I have gone through the necessary rehab and now I am eager to get back out on tour.”
Marino is the second player who had surgery in the offseason, played early in the year and wound up taking a big chunk of time off. Dustin Johnson, who last played at Doral, also is scheduled to return at the Memorial.
DIVOTS: The Match Play Championship is returning to Dove Mountain in 2013, and will be played at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for the fifth straight year. … Ben Curtis, a former British Open champion with four PGA Tour wins, was among six athletes to be inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame last week. Curtis went to Kent State. … UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay was given the Ben Hogan Award on Monday night at Colonial as the top NCAA player in men’s golf across all divisions. Cantlay is the second-youngest player to win the award behind Rickie Fowler, who was a freshman when he won in 2008. Cantlay was the low amateur at the U.S. Open and the Masters.
STAT OF THE WEEK: Dicky Pride has earned $1,088,363 in seven starts. In his previous 18 years on the PGA Tour, the most he ever made in a single season was $483,923 in 23 tournaments.
FINAL WORD: “I’ve liked sharing my life. I think being out there among the people, letting them know you and sincerely wanting to know them, too, is the happier way to go. But everyone has to go his own way.” _ Arnold Palmer in the June issue of Golf Digest.