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Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (44) / 5/1/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 185

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Stuart Appleby has cited a back injury as he removes himself from the field prior to this week's Farmers Insurance Open. He will be replaced by Scott Langley.
This is hardly surprising for anyone paying close attention. After last week when he withdrew, he alerted his followers on Twitter by saying "Decided to pull out of Career Builders Challange as the ole Jack Black was a bit out of sorts, so not worth wasting a week." He's decided to remain cautious as he returns to full health. Appleby owns a 6-for-13 record at the Farmers and the Torrey Pines South Course is less than ideal for anyone struggling with back issues. Gamers should keep him off their fantasy rosters until he shows a hint of form. Jan 27 - 4:10 PM

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Stuart Appleby has withdrawn prior to his round one tee time at this week's CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

The Aussie cited a back injury as the reason he won't tee it up in La Quinta, California, this week. He entered the week with zero top 50s in five tries since his return from back surgery. The fantasy impact should be very low, given his form and injury concerns entering the week. Brice Garnett will take his place in the field, and gets three guaranteed rounds.
Jan 21 - 1:32 PM

At 5-under-par 69-70-67-71=277, Stuart Appleby shared 52nd place with five others at The RSM Classic, earning $13,224.00 and 16.5 FedExCup points.

Despite the forgettable week in the Golden Isles, this is the Aussie's best finish in his last seven starts dating back to January before he had back surgery. Today's mini-haul leaves him with 16 starts on his Major Medical Extension to bank $578,218 or 339.68 FedExCup points and retain status.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 05:10:00 PM

Stuart Appleby completed 36 holes of the OHL Classic in 7-over-par 73-76=149 and missed the cut by nine strokes.

He finished third-to-last in the field of 132 to fall to 1-for-3 on the season. He's down to 17 starts on his Major Medical Extension to collect $591,442 or 356.18 FedExCup points and retain status. Up next on his schedule is the RSM Classic where he'll be making his fourth consecutive appearance. Appleby survived the cut in the first three trips, so something will have to give in terms of trends.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 06:58:00 PM

At 1-over-par 74-69=143, Stuart Appleby will miss the cut at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

He picked off eight birdies in two walks around TPC Summerlin this week, but the Aussie also swallowed seven bogeys and a double to secure the weekend off. As a result, he now has 18 starts remaining on his Major Medical Extension to earn $591,442 or 356.18 FedExCup points and retain status.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 05:25:00 PM

In his return to the PGA TOUR, Stuart Appleby finished in a two-way tie for 69th place at even-par 70-72-72-74=288 worth $12,060.00 and 1.5 FedExCup points.

The Aussie made four starts on the Tour in the last few months, including the first three legs of the Finals, but the Open was his first action on the PGA TOUR since Pebble Beach in mid-February. Back surgery sidelined him for four-and-a-half months thereafter. At Silverado, he made both the 36- and 54-hole cuts on the number before hitting just seven greens in regulation on Sunday. That imprecision wiped away two birdies with two bogeys and a double. Appleby now has 19 starts on his Major Medical Extension to collect $591,442 or 356.18 FedExCup points and retain status. He's scheduled to get back at it at this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open where he's a former winner (2003), albeit when the tournament had a three-course rotation and went 90 holes. He's fared no better than T23 (twice) since.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 10:21:00 PM

Stuart Appleby went 3-for-3 in scrambling and posted a bogey-free, 2-under-par 35-35=70 in today's opening round of the Open.

To connect for only two birdies on 15 scoring opportunities isn't impressive, but at least he didn't drop a shot. Both of his birdies came on par 4s, but he sunk what may have felt a little like another but for par from 22'7" at the par-4 17th. The Aussie gave the Tour Finals a try but failed to cash in all three of his starts. So, he's playing this season on the PGA TOUR only on a Major Medical Extension after missing considerable time following back surgery early this year. If he collects $603,502 or 357.680 in his first 20 starts, he'll retain status.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 09:51:00 PM

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.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 08:17:00 PM

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.
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 03:23:00 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.
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 04:34:00 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.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 06:55:00 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.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 10:36:00 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.
Sat, Jun 20, 2015 01:09:00 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.
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 01:27:00 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.
Sun, Mar 29, 2015 03:32:00 AM