From 1999 to 2009, Stuart Appleby was counted among the elite on the PGA Tour. During the past five years, Appleby has seen his impact on the game slowed until a second-place finish last week pushed him to 19th in the FedEx Cup standings.
He stops short of calling it a comeback and it’s not like he's "rebuilding" his career. More accurate to say that "I’m trying to improve upon the things I've done well," said Stuart Appleby, T-2 at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
When Stuart Appleby knocked in the putt for 59 on the 18th hole in the final round of the Greenbrier Classic last year, one of the first things that came to mind was that the Australian would return to Kapalua and a course he had mastered for three consecutive years.
Last week at the Greenbrier Classic, Stuart Appleby shot the magic number for his first victory in four years on the PGA Tour. He made a left-to-right-breaking 10-foot putt on the 18th hole, punctuating a victory that began with a 7-stroke deficit at the start of the final round.
Stuart Appleby made the cut at Bay Hill and tied for 30th. That’s progress. It was the third cut he made in nine 2010 starts while trying to climb out of a slump that saw him fall from 22nd in earnings in 2008 to 137th last year.