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Stuart Appleby |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (44) / 5/1/1971
College: Australia

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Stuart Appleby returns to the Tour in anticipation of this week's Hotel Fitness Championship.
The Aussie received exemption into the Tour Finals via a medical extension on the 2015-16 PGA TOUR. He wouldn't have cracked the field on raw merit alone, as he finished 201st in the FedExCup this season. Appleby was last seen at the Nova Scotia Open as he plays his way back into physical form. A PGA TOUR veteran of his caliber should be considered armed and dangerous as we begin this race for 25 PGA TOUR cards. Sep 9 - 8:17 PM

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Stuart Appleby has withdrawn from this week's John Deere Classic.

He placed T36 at the Nova Scotia Open in what was his first appearance on the Tour since 1995, but it constituted his first rehab start following surgery for a herniated disc late this past winter. Since he's headed for a Major Medical Extension on the PGA TOUR in 2015-16, any start would deduct one from it. So, if he doesn't automatically qualify for the Tour Finals -- he's 189th in the FedExCup standings -- Appleby would likely be granted an exemption to compete. All that said, he doesn't belong on your radar until he's back inside the ropes with regularity. NOTE: Dicky Pride and Y.E. Yang also withdrew as alternates. Pride is sticking with his commitment to the Albertsons Boise Open. Yang is scheduled to play the Scottish Open.
Jul 6 - 3:23 PM

Stuart Appleby turned in a 2-over-par 36-37=73 for his opening round of the Tour's Nova Scotia Open.

Back in action for the first time since mid-February and after having surgery for a herniated disc, Appleby was also making his first appearance on the developmental circuit since 1995. He was faring nicely, too, until walking off with a triple bogey-7 at the 18th hole at Ashburn Golf Club's New Course. Prior to it, the Aussie circled an eagle (at the par-5 12th hole) and two birdies to help off a trio of bogey-5s. While he was eligible on merit for The Greenbrier Classic where he won with a final-round 59 in the inaugural edition of 2010, this week's start in Canada is considered part of his allotted five rehab opportunities. It's unknown when he'll be back on the PGA TOUR, but even keeper leaguers aren't advised to invest at this point.
Jul 2 - 4:34 PM

Stuart Appleby is included in the published field of next week's Nova Scotia Open on the Tour.

Sure, it seems strange that the Aussie would drop down to play the secondary circuit, but he's coming back from surgery for a herniated disc. So, assuming he doesn't withdraw early, this will count as a rehab start. He's not yet exempt for the PGA TOUR next season, so Appleby is most likely going to receive a Major Medical Extension since he's been out for over four months. He's currently 187th in the FedExCup standings and 190th in earnings. Incidentally, he played one full season on the Tour back when it was the NIKE Tour in 1995. He won twice and finished fifth on the money list that year. He never had to return, so next week's start will come nearly 20 years since his last appearance.
Jun 26 - 6:55 PM

Stuart Appleby has withdrawn from this week's Travelers Championship.

As we've alluded to, he's in no hurry to return to competition following surgery for a herniated disc a few months ago. In fact, the PGA TOUR's Media page on Twitter stated that it was the reason for his decision to remain sidelined.
Jun 24 - 10:36 AM

Stuart Appleby is scheduled to compete in next week's Travelers Championship.

Appleby has been out since mid-February with a herniated disc. He had surgery for it, and then alerted his followers in April that he was eyeing a return right around now. Since over four months will have elapsed before he stick a tee in the turf at TPC River Highlands, he'll most likely qualify for a Major Medical Extension for 2015-16 if he needs it. The Aussie is 186th in the FedExCup standings and 189th on the money list. The Travelers would be his eighth start of the season.
Jun 20 - 1:09 AM

In response to an inquiry on Twitter, Stuart Appleby specified his plan to return to competition.

Appleby tweeted, "Don't know when I'm back. More like 2 months as a total guess, maybe quicker?" Well, once he gets down to brass tacks, he may realize that it could be beneficial to sit out a full four months to qualify for a Major Medical Extension just in case he needs it. He hasn't played since missing the cut at Pebble Beach in mid-February and currently sits 167th in the FedExCup standings.The Aussie had surgery in late March for a herniated disc. He's 43 years of age and has no reason to return to competition with everything he's achieved.
Apr 9 - 1:27 PM

Reuters has reported that Stuart Appleby recently had surgery to repair a herniated disc.

Appleby has been out since missing the cut at Pebble Beach, but he battled a back injury last fall during the big events in his native Australia. The 43-year-old seems content with allowing this process to run its course before returning to competition. "No idea when I'm back as I don't know or anybody knows how long it takes to get 100 percent," he said. Since breaking onto the PGA TOUR in 1996, he hasn't made fewer than 22 starts in any season; he's averaged over 25 per. Appleby is fully exempt through only 2014-15 and he's currently 162nd in the FedExCup standings (and 167th on the money list), so he might be headed to a medical extension if he needs it. To qualify for a Major Medical, the general expectation is that he'd have to sit out four consecutive months. Given his age, the severity of the injury and that he needed surgery, it's probable that he won't return before the four-month clock ends in mid-June.
Mar 29 - 3:32 AM

Stuart Appleby withdrew before his opening round of the Northern Trust Open due to discomfort associated with his sciatic nerve.

The Aussie was scheduled to go off the 10th hole at 7:11 a.m. PT. He sat out a pair of events in Australia during the PGA TOUR's holiday break with a back injury, so we can't rule out that these are related reasons not to compete. Appleby opened 2014-15 with four paydays in as many starts, including two top 25s, but he's missed his last three cuts. The only tournament where he was beat up, however, was the Farmers, but he was hardly alone. He's 135th in the FedExCup standings, so he'll want to return sooner than later if his body cooperates, but treatment for issues related to the sciatic nerve won't fix it overnight.
Feb 19 - 10:23 AM

Stuart Appleby prepares for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am as he makes his seventh start at the event.

Appleby is 5-for-6 in this event, but cracked the top 30 just once. The Aussies has missed his last two cuts entering the week, but was four for four prior to that. Appleby is hitting just 55.2 percent of fairways early in the season but the generous fairways at Pebble Beach Golf Links should help boost that total. The nature of his game makes him a strong DFS play but can be left on the bench in most formats.
Feb 10 - 11:01 PM

Stuart Appleby spun a bogey-free, 2-under-par 33-35=68 in his opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

We can exhale now. Appleby withdrew early from his last two starts in his native Australia due to a back injury, but that was several weeks ago. Today at Waialae, he went 5-for-5 in scrambling, including par saves from 11'5" and 23'5" at the ninth and 11th holes, respectively. His birdies were no bargains, either. After rolling his his try for a deuce from 26'8" at the fourth hole, he converted from 32'10" for a 3 at No. 8. A payday is an acceptable return, but he's sniffing the clubhouse co-leaders, sitting just six back.
Jan 15 - 6:24 PM

Stuart Appleby is listed in the published field of next week's Sony Open in Hawaii.

The Aussie hasn't compete since missing the cut at the BetEasy Masters in late November. He then elected not to give it a go in his national Open the following week due to a back injury. Appleby also bowed out of the Australian PGA Championship two weeks later. Assuming he's ready for Waialae, he'll be pegging it in a spot where he's registered six top 20s, the most recent of which a T13 in 2011.
Jan 9 - 7:32 PM

Stuart Appleby is not scheduled to compete in this week's Australian PGA Championship.

It's unknown exactly when he withdrew, but the tournament doesn't begin until Thursday, Dec. 11, so he's been replaced. He was a scratch at the Emirates Australian Open two weeks ago due to a back injury. No news has surfaced to help add detail to his discomfort and Appleby hasn't posted anything relevant on Twitter.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 06:30:00 PM

Stuart Appleby withdrew from the Emirates Australian Open due to a back injury.

The 43-year-old had already shifted out of a marquee threesome that included Rory McIlroy and Geoff Ogilvy before this latest decision. Appleby missed the cut at last week's BetEasy Masters. He had taken three weeks off following a T22 at The McGladrey Classic. If he's able, he'll give the Australian PGA Championship a go on Dec. 11-14.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 01:00:00 AM

Stuart Appleby will look to carry over momentum from 2014 after posting the second-highest FedExCup finish of his career.

While the FedExCup has merely been around since 2007, Appleby finished 31st in the standings last season, bested only by his 18th place in 2008. He put an exclamation mark on the year with a runner-up finish at The Barclays, his first podium finish since his win at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic. Gamers should take note of his accomplishments but temper their expectations in 2015 as 43-year-old golfers generally don't progress their careers this late in the game.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 08:51:00 AM