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Stuart Appleby |

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

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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

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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

Stuart Appleby chased his opening 69 at the Open with a 2-under-par 37-33=70 to post 5-under 139 at the break, five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

He three-putted the par-3 11th (from 39'5") and bogey the par-5 18th. Those are the kinds of mistakes that touring professionals know that they can't afford. But the Aussie picked off four birdies to help dinner taste a little better. Appleby rolled in a pair from 11-15 feet, but the unexpected conversion dropped from off the green eight yards away at the par-3 seventh.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 08:34:00 PM

Stuart Appleby spun a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in his opening round of the Open, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

Silverado Resort and Spa's North Course returns to the PGA TOUR for the first time since 1980. Johnny Miller co-owns the property and renovated it for the modern game in 2011, so it's going to take a couple of years to get a true sense for what to expect. But no one will ever be able to take away from Appleby that he's the first to sign for a number in the 60s on the redesign. He split nine (of 14) fairways, but landed only 11 greens in regulation. The Aussie squared two bogeys, but picked off five birdies, including two on the quartet of par 5s. His longest conversion measured 35'2" at the par-4 eighth hole.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 03:24:00 PM

Stuart Appleby turns his attention to Cherry Hills Country Club for this week's BMW Championship.

Appleby was not expected to make it this far after finishing the season ranked 98th in the FedExCup standings. Instead, his runner-up finish at The Barclays two weeks ago has him sitting at 26th, with a strong chance to make it onto next week's TOUR Championship. Statistically, Appleby has been scoring with the flat stick this year, as he currently ranks 9th in strokes gained-putting. He'll need the putter to stay hot if he wants to find himself in contention again this week.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 09:35:00 AM

Stuart Appleby conjured up a 6-under-par 34-31=65 in the final round of The Barclays to establish a new clubhouse lead at 12-under 272.

The Aussie circled two birdies and squared one bogey on a relatively tame front nine at Ridgewood CC, but began the back nine with five birdies on his first six holes to pull ahead. Perhaps more important than the birdies were his par saves on the last two holes. After making a mess of the par-5 17th, he holed an 18'11" par putt. Turning his attention to the par-4 18th, he pulled his tee shot into the left rough before chopping it out to the left rough just beside the green. He then secured his par with a 6'7" putt. Worth noting, his longest birdie of the day fell from 10'3" on the par-3 15th. Should he hold on to win, he would move from 98th to first in the FedExCup standings.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 05:13:00 PM

Stuart Appleby carded a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in the third round of The Barclays to reach the 54-hole mark at 6-under 207.

Appleby traded a bogey for a birdie on the front nine at Ridgewood CC before rattling off a trio of birdies on the back. Three of those birdies fell from between 11 and 19 feet. The ball-striking was solid, splitting 11 of 14 fairways and landing 13 GIR. He entered the week on the FedExCup bubble, at 98th in the standings, but appears safe to remain inside the top 100 and advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 03:54:00 PM

Stuart Appleby begins his week at The Barclays ranked 98th in the FedExCup standings.

The Aussie currently sits just on the proper side of the bubble in terms of progressing to the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston next week, but can't afford to rest on his laurels. He must remain inside the top 100 in the FEC standings following action at Ridgewood CC this week to continue. With a T19 in 2008 and a T52 at this venue in 2010, he stands a reasonable chance at seeing the weekend.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 03:36:00 PM