Shoulder could sideline Stricker for Players

Steve Stricker hits a shot out of a bunker at the Masters.

Steve Stricker hits a shot out of a bunker at the Masters.

Don’t expect to see Steve Stricker teeing it up at The Players next week. The No. 3 player in the world will decide on Monday if he can play despite his ailing shoulder. The Wisconsin native is being advised to rest a little longer before resuming tournament golf.  

“I’m being told it would not be the best thing to try to do right now,” Stricker wrote in a text message on Sunday morning. “It’s feeling a lot better, I’ve tried to swing and only have a slight twinge.”

Stricker pulled out of the Zurich Classic last week as his shoulder was continuing to give him problems and was sore to the touch. He was advised then to take two weeks off before swinging a club. If everything goes well with his recovery, expect to see Stricker defend at Colonial, then play Memorial and the U.S. Open.

For The Players, Stricker is the third high profile player to skip the PGA Tour’s showcase event. Retief Goosen is out due to an injured toe and Fred Couples is likely to WD as well after six straight weeks of golf.

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