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Richard Sterne

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/27/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 150

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It is 13 years since Richard Sterne made his Italian Open debut, he'll be hoping it is not unlucky 13 at Golf Club Milano.
This week marks only his fourth start in the storied tournament, and two of those were over a decade ago. Results of T36-MC-T46 in 2003, 2004 and 2012 are not poor, but something has made Sterne reluctant to add the event to the schedule – perhaps the increased prize fund has helped change that this year. He's enjoyed a solid summer with four results of T13 or better. What has stopped him claiming a win might be his inability to get his long and short game in sync in the same week: his stats suggest that when his ball-striking is good the putter isn't, and vice versa. 70th on the Race to Dubai he needs a couple of good weeks to book his place in the DP Tour World Championship at season's end. Sep 13 - 10:19 AM

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Richard Sterne plotted his way round Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort to post a second round 4-under-par 33-34=67 which gave him a halfway total of 9-under 133, enough to lead the morning starters at lunch on day two of the Made in Denmark tournament.

The South African holds a one shot advantage over fellow finisher Tom Lewis, but when he signed his card Bradley Dredge was ahead of him on the course at 10-under. Sterne started his round on fire, making birdie at 1 and 4 before adding an eagle-3 at the short par-5 6th. He squared 7 and 10 but back-to-back circled holes at the 15th and 16th took him clear. He is seeking a sixth top 15 result of the season and although it is his event debut he was T3 in the Challenge Tour's Danish Open back in 2002. Should he lead at the end of the day it will be only the third time he has done so on the European Tour - and both previous occasions came in one fortnight in 2013, when T2 in the Dubai Desert Classic and winner of the Joburg Open.
Aug 26 - 8:32 AM

Despite hitting just 3-of-14 fairways, Richard Sterne posted a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in his opening lap of the Made in Denmark tournament at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

The South African recovered by finding 15 greens in regulation and ended the first day just four shots behind leading trio Thomas Pieters, Joachim Lagergren and Tom Lewis. Sterne started with a bogey at 10 but that was the only blemish on his Thursday scorecard. He balanced the books immediately with a birdie at 11 and circled further red at 3 and 6. His best moment came via an eagle-3 at No. 4. Sterne has three top 15s in his last seven starts but all came after he'd carded 71 or higher in round one. He'll hope to cash on this fast start which sees him T8 on the leaderboard.
Aug 25 - 2:47 PM

Richard Sterne fashioned a 3-under-par 33-35=68 during round one of The 145th Open, currently two strokes back of Patrick Reed at the top.

The South African traded five birdies with two bogeys, all taking place between the par-5 fourth and par-4 13th holes. It came down to opportunity today, as he landed 12 greens in regulation to give himself plenty of birdie looks. Sterne entered the week with a 3-for-7 record at The Open, with nothing better than a T21 (2013). With top 10s in three of his last four starts on the European Tour, form is winning out over tournament history early on.
Jul 14 - 10:47 AM

This week marks Richard Sterne's tenth start in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

After a catastrophic 1-for-18 season on the PGA Tour in 2015, the South African - who is forever subject to the whim and fancy of his back troubles - has recuperated on the European stage. Four top 15 finishes have helped him to 83rd in the Race to Dubai rankings, with the most recent last week in France when he opened with 76 to lie T120, but raced through the field with 68-70-69 to end the week T11. He’s 15-for-23 in Scotland with 3 top 10 finishes, including his best - T4 in this event at Loch Lomond on 2007. His sole visit to Castle Stuart Golf Links in 2013 earned him a T31 with rounds that got progressively worse: 67-69-71-74.
Jul 5 - 10:45 AM

Richard Sterne returns to Le Golf National for the 100th Open de France.

Back in 2013 the South African headed into the final round tied for the lead with Graeme McDowell. Sterne closed with a creditable level-par round of 71 for solo second, but the Northern Irishman left him behind with a 67. He has plenty of background knowledge of the course and is 7-for-10. Six of those weekends have reaped T37 or better so he’s a solid play, but 2013 was something of an exception in that it is the only time he has finished in the top 10, but he has ranked top 5 for All Round stats on 3 separate occasions. Form-wise a T10 at the Irish Open backed up 2 top 10 efforts in South Africa earlier in the season, but he missed the cut in both of his last 2 starts - the BMW PGA Championship and St Jude Classic.
Jun 28 - 5:22 AM

Richard Sterne returns for his second FedEx St. Jude Classic after missing the cut last year with rounds of 65-79. UPDATE: At 5-over-par 72-73=145, Sterne missed the cut by four strokes.

The South African hasn't teed it up on the PGA TOUR in 46 weeks. His last start was a missed cut at the RBC Canadian Open last July which ended a string of five straight missed cuts and ended his first TOUR season as a member with 16 missed cuts and one WD in 18 events. He was granted a three-event Minor Medical Extension (hip) for 2015-16 and he's using the last one this week. The 34-year-old burned two of them overseas instead of playing Pebble Beach and the Byron Nelson, two events that he was eligible to play in on merit. He needs to earn $714,780 (or 429.00 FEC points) this week to meet the terms of his medical.
Jun 8 - 3:36 PM

Richard Sterne moved stealthily through the field during the protracted third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, with his 1-under-par 37-34=71.

The South African is T3 at The K Club with Russell Knox on 5-under 211, 4 shots back of the leader Rory McIlroy. Prior to the first weather interruption Saturday Sterne was struggling, as he squared 2 bogeys on 5 and 9 to turn in 2-over 37. But he ticked a red number on 10 before the klaxon and added 2 more immediately after the re-start on 11 and 12. Resuming play on Sunday morning he added a 4th birdie on 16 before making bogey on 17 and failing to birdie 18.
May 22 - 3:49 AM

Richard Sterne authored a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in his second round at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and surged into the top 10.

On the live leaderboard, his impressive second lap of the K Club has moved the South African up 27 spots. Right now, he's T4 and just four shots behind leaders Danny Willett and Marc Warren after arriving at 4-under 140. Sterne went to the turn in 32 after circling birdies at 2, 3 and 8 and picked off another at 10. He dropped his only shot of the day with a bogey-5 at 15 for the second day running but made amends with another gain at the par-5 last. The six-time European Tour winner was 5-for-6 in scrambling on Friday after piping 8 (of 14) fairways and hitting 12 greens in regulation.
May 20 - 9:55 AM

Richard Sterne continues the career rebuilding process in this week’s Open de Espana at Valderrama.

Back in 2004 Sterne was a winner in Spain, at the Open de Madrid, but his experience playing the Volvo Masters at Valderrama, in both 2005 and 2007, was less fulfilling as he finished T41 and T34 - and closed his last appearance there with a brace of 78s. He endured a miserable return on the PGA last year (1 cut made in 15 starts) so is back on the European Tour and has made a solid enough start to the year, mostly in his home country South Africa. He was T10 in the Joburg Open and T4 in the Tshwane Open, and was most recently in action in the Sunshine Tour’s Investec Cup, which saw him finish T5.
Apr 13 - 6:21 AM

Richard Sterne crafted a level-par 35-35=70 for a halfway total of 68-70=138 at the Tshwane Open.

The 34-year-old, starting from the 10th tee, opened and closed his round with birdies, but made two bogeys in between on 13 and 6. It left him five behind the clubhouse leader, but in touch on T8 when the hooter sounded late in the day, with a many of the afternoon starters yet to complete their second round. The six-time European Tour winner has had a back injury plagued 7 or 8 years. Last year he was 1-for-15 on the PGA Tour, for example. T2 at halfway in the Alfred Dunhill Championship and T10 in the Joburg Open gave hints of the good old days over the last couple of months.
Feb 12 - 10:45 AM

With a 2-under-par 33-37=70 in his second round at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, Richard Sterne moved into T2 at 6-under 138.

The South African, who won this event in 2008, even threatened to reel in five-shot leader Charl Schwartzel at one point after playing his opening nine at Leopard Creek in 4-under 33. However, he wobbled on his way home and bogeyed 3 and 9 to drop back into a four-way tie for second. Sterne returned to action with a T20 in last week's Cape Town Open so, for now, is making light of any rustiness caused by a lengthy absence due to injury.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 09:19:00 AM

In his first official competition anywhere in five months, Richard Sterne finished in six-way tie for 20th place at the Lion Of Africa Cape Town Open on the Sunshine Tour.

The South Africa native hadn't pegged it since missing the cut at the RBC Canadian Open in late July. Sunday's payday in his homeland was his first since a T38 at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship in late May. Sterne still has a shred of status on the PGA TOUR. If he can somehow earn $714,780 or 429 FedExCup points in his next three starts on a Minor Medical Extension, he'll earn a promotion to the Major Medical category. As a secondary objective, he's 331.773 FedExCup points shy of conditional status. Needless to say, don't hold your breath.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 12:56:00 AM

Richard Sterne has not competed anywhere since missing the cut at the RBC Canadian Open in late July.

He'd have cracked the field of next week's Sanderson Farms Championship on merit. What, you say?! Indeed, while the South African went just 1-for-18 in his first go at PGA TOUR membership, he missed a few starts with a hip injury. So, he has three starts on a Minor Medical Extension to earn $714,780 or 429 FedExCup points and a promotion to the Major Medical category. And because he's been out for an extended period of time, we'll toss him onto our Injury Report.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 09:20:00 PM

Richard Sterne has been removed from the published field of this week's Quicken Loans National.

With only one payday in 18 starts, the South African may be calling it a season, but he's not scheduled to compete anywhere else this week. Whatever the case, gamers won't miss him because they likely didn't know that he possessed a PGA TOUR card in the Tour reshuffle category.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 11:07:00 AM