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Steve Stricker |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (48) / 2/23/1967
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
College: University of Illinois

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Steve Stricker will not compete in next week's Shell Houston Open, leaving the Masters as his logical site to return to the PGA TOUR.
The 48-year-old has been out since having surgery to repair a bulging disc on Dec. 24. He's exempt into the field at Augusta National Golf Club, but hasn't come out and stated that he'll be ready to go. He's alluded to hope on Twitter, but that's it. While he's been away, he's slipped to 73rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, so this may be his final start in the Masters if he laces it up. Stricker doesn't play often enough anymore to be able to even meet the minimum divisor of 40. In fact, he's contributing only 23 starts to his current value. So, he'd need to spike for a high finish in one of the majors to take advantage of another qualifying criterion. Mar 27 - 8:17 PM

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In an update at, Steve Stricker stated that he's hoping to make one start before the Masters in April.

Stricker has been on the shelf since having surgery on Dec. 24 for a bulging disc. He's yet to log a start this season, but expects to make 12-14 after he returns to competition. "I'm hoping to play once before Augusta," he said. "I'm not sure when that's going to be yet. Then I'll play the Masters. That's the goal." However, the article noted that the soon-to-be 48-year-old (on Feb. 23) is unlikely to compete in the FedExCup Playoffs if he qualifies. This is valuable information for gamers investing in formats that cap starts. As for his current health, he's on schedule. "It's coming along. I'm not doing a lot yet. I'm starting to work out a little bit. I've been walking a couple miles almost daily. I saw the doctor last week and he said I could start doing some stationary bike stuff, so I've been doing that. It feels good. All my pain and tingling and numbness is gone."
Feb 6 - 11:34 PM

Steve Stricker underwent surgery today for a bulging disc in his back.

According to, Stricker's pain was due to "acute and chronic L5 radiculopathy." It's an issue that he's been battling for a while. "I’m very excited to get back to practicing and competing in 2015 and expect to be 100 percent physically which really excites me." he said in a statement. "I’ve been limited the last several years and I’m confident the procedure will allow me to perform at the level I expect from myself. I don’t have a target date for a return to the PGA TOUR at this point, that will very much depend on how my body responds to the surgery and rehab." The one-hour, outpatient procedure will shelve the 12-time winner at least eight weeks. Stricker will turn 48 years old on Feb. 23, so his age doesn't figure to aid in a speedier recovery period.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 01:53:00 PM

Steve Stricker enjoyed a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his opening round of the Hero World Challenge.

Stricker is making his first competitive start since the PGA Championship. At the time, he believed that he had a torn labrum in his left hip, but the 47-year-old has since learned that he was suffering from a herniated disc in his back. If he was experiencing any discomfort today, it didn't show. Stricker landed 13 greens in regulation and buried five birdies, three of which on par 5s.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 04:12:00 PM

Steve Stricker is scheduled to compete in this week's Hero World Challenge.

Out since the PGA Championship to recover from a torn labrum in his left hip, Stricker is making his debut at Isleworth Country Club. All of the 18 in the field will get paid, but the only official collection will involve World Ranking points. Since he's currently 39th in the OWGR, a spot inside the top 50 at the conclusion of 2014 is all but a certainty, so he'll be exempt into the Masters via that conduit. However, Stricker is not yet eligible for the U.S. Open and The Open Championship. He's also on the outside looking into the limited field at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. So, a strong week in Florida will go a long way at forcing our hand to invest in the full gamut of biggest events in 2015 (keeping in mind that he's sat out the last two editions of The Open).
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 03:14:00 PM

Steve Stricker is in the resting phase of his rehabilitation process for the torn labrum in his left hip.

Stricker shut down his 2013-14 season prematurely, even though he was still eligible at The Barclays. The torn labrum played a big part, but he managed to play through that pain for much of last season, so that wasn't the only reason. With more pressing issues like his brother's health at the time, as well as his annual elk hunting trip, it was no surprise to see him hang it up early. With a lot on his plate, we saw just two top 10s last season after eight the following. Gamers will want to watch Stricker closely to see how his hip responds early in the season to some much needed rest.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 09:07:00 AM

Steve Stricker's brother, Scott, died on Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin.

Scott had a liver transplant in February. He also had Crohn's disease, but the news was good enough that Steve elected to compete in the WGC-Match Play shortly thereafter. However, Scott's kidneys later malfunctioned, forcing him to spend time in intensive care. He was 51. Steve played infrequently once again in 2013-14, but drummed up a pair of top 10s, including a T7 in his last start at the PGA Championship. He's since rested to heal from a torn labrum in his left hip and isn't expected to competitively again until December.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 06:46:00 PM

Steve Stricker is not planning to compete again until December, according to Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Stricker is one of three golfers eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs that isn't teeing it up at The Barclays. (Dustin Johnson is on personal leave while Jason Dufner is nursing bulging discs in his neck.) Stricker has been playing through a torn labrum in his left hip, but there's more to it. "Sounds like I've got a back and hip issue," Stricker told D'Amato in a text message. "Going to shut it down till December. Rest and rehab and then try to play and see how it goes." Stricker added that he's dealing with herniated discs in his neck and back. He's also known to have an elk hunting trip planned shortly, but he'll be at captain Tom Watson's side at the Ryder Cup in Scotland in five weeks.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 12:15:00 AM

Steve Stricker is not included in the published field for next week's Barclays.

Stricker, who has a torn labrum in his left hip, joins Dustin Johnson (sabbatical) and Jason Dufner (neck) as the three holdouts from the lid-lifter of the FedExCup Playoffs. At 99th in the standings, Stricker is unlikely to survive as it would require him remaining inside the top 100 and all of the guys ranked 101-125 to miss the cut at Ridgewood Country Club. So, the next time we'll see him will likely be with an earpiecs on a golf cart at Gleneagles on a golf cart.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 05:30:00 PM

Steve Stricker carded a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the PGA Championship to snare a top-10 finish at 11-under 273.

Two of Stricker's four birdies stand above the rest, finding the bottom of the cup from 10'2" on the par-4 12th and 42'5" on the par-4 17th. The final round was the first time all week that he didn't gain over two strokes on the field with the flat stick, ranking second in SGP for the tournament at the time of his posting. He entered the week 122nd in the FedExCup standings, but locks up his spot inside the top 125 for Playoff inclusion with this finish.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 08:06:00 PM

Steve Stricker spun a bogey-free 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the PGA Championship and is tied for 10th at 8-under 205.

The monotony of 15 pars were only broken up by a trio of birdies, with his 11'11" effort at the par-4 16th standing as the highlight. While he was unable to birdie the relatively easy par-5 18th, he did manage to salvage a par after driving his tee shot into the water. With a strong final round, Stricker could offer Tom Watson an intriguing option in terms of a captain's pick for the upcoming Ryder Cup.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 07:32:00 PM

Steve Stricker reached the halfway point of the 96th PGA Championship in 5-under-par 69-68=137.

Playing alongside Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, who designated Stricker as an assistant captain earlier in the week, the younger of the pair is giving his boss reason to consider using Stricker as a player-captain. The U.S. team is banged up and there are worse options that won't automatically qualify. A decision for another day, however. Thus far at Valhalla, Stricker has offset five bogeys with 10 birdies. Three of today's four par breakers dropped in from outside 12 feet, the longest measuring a cool 30 feet at the par-4 17th hole. He's just two strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 02:43:00 PM

Steve Stricker learned on Tuesday that he has a torn labrum in his left hip, according to Todd Lewis of Golf Channel.

The discomfort prompted Stricker to have an MRI this week. He's had symptoms since mid-June. It doesn't bother him much while swinging the golf club, but he finds his lower body getting fatigued throughout a round. Walking downhill is particularly bothersome. Stricker is taking anti-inflammatories for the injury. Meanwhile, in a bit of good news, Tom Watson has added Stricker as an assistant captain for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. He joins fellow assistants Raymond Floyd and Andy North. "It was an honor for [Watson] to call me and just to be a part of it," Stricker said. "Just to be there and try to have that opportunity to get the cup back, and to play for Tom, for all the guys, is a dream come true."
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 08:38:00 PM

Steve Stricker returns to the site of his first Ryder Cup at this week's PGA Championship.

Stricker went 0-2-1 in his Ryder Cup debut, but he's at least seen the latest iteration of this week's course in competitive play. He is coming off a surprisingly poor performance at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week. Even still, Stricker owns 34 consecutive cuts made, and should be a nice candidate to bounce back this week. Gamers should take a hard look in salary-cap formats where he may be heavily discounted.
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Steve Stricker stumbled to a 1-over-par 35-37=72 in the final round of the John Deere Classic to share 11th at 15-under 269.

Stricker began his day with 11 pars, burning the edge on multiple birdie bids. He hit his tee shot into a hazard on the par-3 12th and squared a double bogey. He then pushed his tee shot well right of the green on the par-4 14th before recovering for a miraculous par. Following a bogey at the par-4 15th, he rebounded to circle a pair of birdies from inside five feet on the 16th and 17th holes. After three consecutive wins in this event from 2009-2011, he has gradually faded further down the leaderboard in each of the last three years.
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 06:09:00 PM