CANCUN, Mexico – One streak is toast. Another soon could be in jeopardy.
Stuart Appleby is in Cancun, not Tucson this week, ending his streak of playing in every individually contested World Golf Championships event since their debut in 1999. That’s 32, all told. He was the only one to do so.
But like so many records these days, there’s an asterisk of sorts. Appleby wasn’t eligible for the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in November. Technically, his run ended there, but that’s an unofficial-money event, which still spends well but feels like a WGC event in name only. That doesn’t count in my book.
More pressing is Appleby’s string of starts in majors. He has competed in every one since the 1997 Masters. That’s 52, for those of you counting. As of now, he’s not eligible under any of criterium. Appleby’s slump has dropped him to No. 133 in the Official World Golf Rankings.