Stricker Undergoes Surgery for Bulging Disc
Steve Stricker underwent back surgery on Tuesday to "relieve issues stemming from acute and chronic L5 radiculopathy." Steve Stricker has had surgery on a bulging disk in his lower back to alleviate recurring issues in his hip area.
Mario Tiziani, Stricker's brother-in-law and agent, says the one-hour surgery Tuesday was successful and that Stricker will be away from golf for at least eight weeks. The 12-time tour winner won't be missing much. Stricker already plays a reduced schedule, and he was not likely to play in 2015 until the Florida swing.
The 47-year-old Stricker rested for nearly four months before playing the Hero World Challenge and Franklin Templeton Shootout. While he felt good, tests showed Stricker would continue to have problems with his hip and quadriceps without surgery.
The one-hour outpatient procedure was performed University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. Stricker will rest and rehab for the next six weeks and should be able to practice without restriction after eight weeks.
“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. Now a PGA Tour part-timer, Stricker played only 12 official events in 2014, with his injury further limiting his already limited schedule.
“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," he said. "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.”