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Thumbs down: Putter mishap ends Levin's season

Spencer Levin
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TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND - JULY 16: Steve Surry of England hits a shot during round one of the 138th Open Championship on the Ailsa Course, Turnberry Golf Club on July 16, 2009 in Turnberry, Scotland. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)  - 

The belly putter has been described as many things over the past few years – cheating club, career savior – but never a dangerous instrument.

Well, not anymore.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Spencer Levin underwent surgery on his left thumb Tuesday after he tore a ligament in the finger mishandling his belly putter on the practice putting green. He will miss the rest of the season.

“It’s a bummer,” said Don Levin, Spencer’s father, according to the report. “It sets him back, but there’s nothing else he could do.”

The 28-year-old Levin, who has used the belly putter for two years, has already locked up his Tour card for next season, after earning $1,283,616 in 26 events. He is currently 62nd on the money list.

According to the report, Levin can resume hitting balls in December.