Padraig Harrington has revealed that he had surgery three weeks ago to remove a skin cancer spot on his forehead.
Padraig Harrington won last year's European Order of Merit
Harrington spoke about the operation after firing a 66 to take the first-round lead at the Wachovia Championship in North Carolina.
"I had about a square inch of skin taken out with some roots and all that sort of stuff," said the Dubliner.
"It was only a sun spot. I'm told it's like the third form of skin cancer. It was not a melanoma."
Harrington has a two-inch scar after the operation but he said that the skin is now "healing nicely".
"I'd keep catching it with my hat and if I rubbed it off with a sweater it would bleed and seep a bit. It was just something that needed to be dealt with."