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Stuart Appleby

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (45) / 5/1/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 185

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Stuart Appleby persevered for a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in the three-day third (and final) round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to wrap his 11th appearance on 10-under 206, up 17 on the live leaderboard to T9.
It's a Monday finish in NOLA after multiple delays/suspensions but it was worth the wait for Appleby. Last week at Valero, he was T2 thru 36 holes before 74-71 dropped him to T21, but, that was a season best and first top-25 finish of the season (11 starts). The 44-year-old began R3 on 5-under (T26) after opening in 69-70. With lift, clean and place in effect for the third round, he landed seven (of 14) fairways and peppered 14 greens in regulation, circling six for 1.643 putts per GIR. The Aussie's split featured five conversions from inside of nine feet with a long of 30'9" at the par-3 ninth. May 2 - 9:43 AM

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Stuart Appleby rallied for a 2-under-par 32-38=70 in today's second round of the Valero Texas Open to reach the halfway point on 7-under 137, up two on the live leaderboard to T2, three adrift of 36-hole leader Brendan Steele.

Appleby began off No. 10 tee and promptly swallowed a triple bogey-7 on his first hole, 4-putting from 7'4". He got two back with consecutive birdies at 13 and 14, before squaring bogey at 15 on a failed scramble. The 44-year-old, who's making his fifth VTO visit but didn't play the tourney between 1997 and 2011, circled his third birdie at the par-4 17th, but retreated again with a failed up-and-down on the par-5 18th to turn 2-over. He finally settled into a groove and played his inward nine in bogey-free 4-under, circling birdies at 1, 2, 6 and 8 with the latter his longest conversion of the round from 12'7".
Apr 22 - 9:01 PM

Stuart Appleby closed out his opening round at the Valero Texas Open with a birdie barrage to sign for a 5-under-par 36-31=67 and sit just one stroke off the early clubhouse leader Charley Hoffman.

The Aussie traded one birdie with one bogey on the front nine and rattled off four more pars to step on the 14th tee box at even-par. His round was looking rather pedestrian but from there he put on a ball-striking clinic, rattling off five straight birdies to end his round. The five putts totaled 38'4" but only one putt was needed from outside seven feet during the streak. In nine previous rounds at the AT&T Oaks Course Appleby's previous best was a 3-under 69. His previous best finish here is a T46 back in 2013.
Apr 21 - 5:38 PM

Past champ Stuart Appleby is in the published field at this week's Shell Houston Open in Humble, Texas.

Appleby is a nine-time winner on the PGA TOUR with his latest at the 2010 Greenbrier. He's also a two-time Houston Open champ, winning the 1999 edition at a former venue and the inaugural at the current venue in 2006. The 44-year-old is also a two-time runner-up in the event (2003, 2007) but has missed his last four cuts (2011-2014). He's made eight starts this season on a Major Medical Extension and has 12 remaining to earn 268.180 FedExCup points or $506,993. The Orlando resident is 4-for-8 on the season with a best of T26 at the Northern Trust Open. He missed the cut in his last start at the Valspar by two (73-74).
Mar 30 - 9:01 PM

Stuart Appleby is in the published field at the Northern Trust Open. UPDATE: Appleby, out with a back injury since Jan. 21st, returned to action on Feb. 18th with an opening 1-under-par 70 at the Northern Trust Open.

Appleby played seven events last season before calling it quits after the AT&T Pro-Am and undergoing surgery for a herniated disc in late-March. He opened 2015-16 on a Major Medical Extension with 20 starts to earn $603,502 or 358 FedExCup points to retain status. After a missed cut in his last start at the Sony Open, the 44-year-old has burnt through five of them so far netting him just $25,825 and 18 FEC points. He was scheduled to play both the CB Challenge and the Farmers but removed himself prior citing -- wait for it -- a back injury. The Aussie is 11-for-15 at the NTO with two top 10s but not since T7 in 2008.
Feb 17 - 4:59 PM

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

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