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Richard Sterne

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 8/27/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 150

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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

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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

Richard Sterne has been added back into the published field of this week's RBC Canadian Open.

Between the time that the field was released on Friday and now, the South African was bumped to third alternate. That's what happens when five top 10s at the Barbasol Championship elbow their way into the field in Canada and he's not one of them. Sterne missed the cut at Grand National by four strokes to drop to 1-for-17 on the season. Sitting T226 in the FedExCup standings, the argument could be made that he should return to the European Tour and make a run in the Race to Dubai. The problem is that he's 173rd in that season-long competition. And now 246th int he Official World Golf Ranking, he's the latest in a line of cautionary tales of internationals who fail at plying their trade in the U.S.
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 03:36:00 PM

Richard Sterne takes his maiden tour of TPC Deere Run at this week's John Deere Classic.

Sterne began the year No. 87 in the World Golf Ranking and has plummeted to No. 235 entering the week. The South African is a first-year member on the PGA TOUR (via the TOUR Finals) but is not eligible for PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year as he's played more than seven TOUR events in a previous season. It's not been fun for the 33-year-old as he's collected one paycheck (T39, AT&T Byron Nelson) in 15 starts, good for 222nd in the FedExCup standings. Sterne has nine worldwide titles to his credit, the last coming at the Joburg Open in 2013, which ended a four-plus year winless drought.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 11:14:00 AM

Richard Sterne opened the FedEx St. Jude Classic with a 5-under-par 32-33=65 and sits one stroke off the overnight lead.

There's something in the water in Memphis today. Sterne is but one of the plethora of surprises atop the leaderboard. He's just 1-for-12 on the season with a T39 at the Byron Nelson two weeks ago. Today, he overcame a singular bogey at the par-4 12th hole with six birdies, three of which ranging 14-19 feet. While that's impressive, his longest conversion dropped for par from 19'3" at the par-5 third where he rinsed his second well short of the green. Today's aggregate is just his eighth red number in 28 rounds this season. It also matches his lowest (second round, Nelson).
Thu, Jun 11, 2015 08:38:00 PM

At 5-under-par 71-65-70-66=272, Richard Sterne finished in a seven-way tie for 39th place at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

So what, you ask? Well, you have a point, but this is the South African's first payday in 11 starts this season. As a graduate of the Tour Finals, the 33-year-old projected to make a splash in his first go-around with a PGA TOUR card. (He's not eligible as a rookie because he had exceeded seven starts in a single season at least once before; in fact, he's totaled eight twice -- 2008 and 2009.) Despite being buried in the reshuffle, Sterne was able to collect sponsor exemptions and other exemptions this season as a member of the last International squad at the Presidents Cup. Since that biennial event in October of 2013, he underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his hip and has plummeted in the Official World Golf Ranking. He's yet another example of a global talent who hasn't been able to juggle the demands on sharing membership on the PGA TOUR, but he'll try to connect cuts made at this week's Memorial.
Sun, May 31, 2015 07:59:00 PM

Richard Sterne looks to put an end to his season-long slump during his tournament debut at this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Sterne found exemption into the field this week from being a member of the 2013 International President Cup team. His season has not gone as planned thus far, as he's carded just 5-of-19 rounds under par on his way to an 0-for-9 record. The six-time European Tour winner is still trying to regain his form which seems to have been lost following surgery to repair a torn labrum last March.
Tue, May 19, 2015 08:23:00 AM

Despite riding a bogey-free score, Richard Sterne withdrew during his second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Indeed, Sterne was bogey-free 3-under-par through 10 holes, but he was 4-over through 28 and facing a missed cut anyway. He may have need to shoot 60 to play on. Instead, it's his third mid-tournament WD in 44 PGA TOUR starts. The first-time member is now 0-for-9 on the season.
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 10:33:00 AM