January 6, 2017 / 5:49 AM / 9 months ago

Love breaks collarbone in three places snowboarding: report

Sep 28, 2016; Chaska, MN, USA; Team USA captain Davis Love III addresses the media following their practice round for the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports/Files

(Reuters) - Three months after captaining the United States to Ryder Cup glory, Davis Love crashed back to earth, literally, breaking his collarbone in three places, Golf Channel reported on Thursday.

Love incurred the injury in a snowboarding accident in Idaho, Golf Channel said, and underwent surgery on Thursday.

It was the third major procedure in four years for Love, who previously had back and hip surgeries.

In October, Love was widely lauded for guiding the U.S. team to Ryder Cup victory over the Europe, after presiding over a losing effort four years before.

The 52-year-old American has won 21 PGA Tour events, including one major -- the 1997 PGA Championship.

Love was scheduled to play next week’s Sony Open in Honolulu, but is now expected to be out of action for about three months.

Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Larry Fine

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