By Corey Nagys count, he has seen 10 doctors and played in nine golf tournaments this year.
Thats bad math, no matter how you do it.
Had things gone according to plan, Nagy would be teeing it up at the Club at Longview this week in the Web.com Tours Chiquita Classic, the first playing of the event in Charlotte.
Instead, Nagy the former Vance High and Charlotte 49ers star surrendered this season several months ago, intent on overcoming his struggle with vertigo before returning to competitive golf.
It meant turning down a sponsor exemption into the Wells Fargo Championship during May and missing six of seven cuts in his first year on the Web.com tour, all while wondering what was wrong and when it would go away.
Its been a long summer, Nagy said.
The good news is his vertigo symptoms have subsided and Nagy feels very close to being 100 percent healthy. It has been months since he has felt so encouraged.
The bad news is hell have to wait until next year to get back to chasing a spot on the PGA Tour via the Web.com tour.
Nagys problems started early in the year. He made his only cut at the Panama Claro Championship, where he tied for 73rd, and by April, the vertigo had kicked in. Nagy felt miserable. His balance and equilibrium were off.
The doctors couldnt figure it out, he said. Health-wise, I felt like I could go run a marathon, but the dizziness and imbalance was very weird.
I still get a few dizzy spells where I have to go sit down but that was constant when I had it in the spring. Its not fun. I wish it on no one.
Playing competitive golf with vertigo doesnt work.
Its hard enough to hit one ball. When you see two or three, its really difficult, Nagy said.
On the advice of his managers, including former Charlotte golf coach Adam Pry, Nagy applied for and received a major medical extension. It means Nagy will have 17 Web.com events next season to earn as much money as the player who finishes 60th on the money list this year.
With the format for advancing to the PGA Tour changing next year, placing greater emphasis on the Web.com tour, Nagy decided to take the long view. He could play five more Web.com events this year, including Chiquita, but that would take away from the number of events Nagy could play next year.
Im not going to play unless Im 100 percent, Nagy said. Last year, I hurt my wrist a little bit and struggled after that. It caused me to lose some confidence. Everybody tells me to take more time off than you need to get healthy.
Nagy said he will try Monday to qualify for the PGA Tours McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, Ga., next month and he might play some developmental tour events this year to get the feel of competition again.
A lost season has had an unexpected benefit.
Its been tough, but its also been pretty relaxing, Nagy said. Ive been to the beach a few times this summer. Since high school, its been non-stop golf. Every day has been about golf. I always thought I needed to stay after it.
I think that everything happens for a reason and Ive had to step back. Golf is important, but theres way more to life than playing golf.