Jeff Overton Improving After “Life-Threatening” Spine Infection

PGA Tour pro Jeff Overton recently had surgery to mollify back pain from a herniated disk. After the surgery led to a dangerous spine infection, Overton is now in much worse shape than he was coming in.

Over the weekend, his wife Christina posted an update, acknowledging the condition, but stating that he has improved from the infection that was considered “life-threatening.”


  • Jeff Overton had back surgery earlier this year to relieve pain that had been keeping him away from competitive golf. The “minimally invasive” procedure led to a serious spine infection.
  • According to Overton’s wife, Jeff has been in significant pain since the onset of the infection. He spent a month in the hospital and has needed two months of IV antibiotics.
  • Christina Overton also reported that while the recovery has been extremely difficult, they are “seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”
  • Overton has played just one event in 2017, missing the cut at The Honda Classic in February. In 2010, Overton earned $3.5 million and played his way onto the American Ryder Cup team.


“Today, we are celebrating his health and life. I’ve learned that life is precious and health is something we take for granted. I’ve also learned how to make a chair very, VERY comfortable.”
Christina Overton on a Facebook post written on Sunday, Jeff’s 34th birthday

Content originally appeared as part of the Daily Rundown.

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.


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