Stricker being cautious with injury
Injuries have never been a part of the up-and-down career of Steve Stricker, until now.
The Edgerton native has felt the occasional twinge in his upper right chest, but it stayed with him during practice rounds in New Orleans, forcing him to withdraw. He went to specialists in Wisconsin to discover inflammation in the joint where the clavicle meets the sternum.
“I felt it the last couple of years, only it would be that one little swing and it would be gone,” Stricker said Monday evening. “It wasn’t going away this time. That’s when I knew something was wrong.”
Stricker noticed himself making changes to his swing to avoid the pain, which is when he knew it was time to stop. He is taking medication to deal with the inflammation, and already is feeling better.
He was not going to play this week at Quail Hollow. Stricker is hoping to return next week in time for The Players Championship.
The doctor told him he could try hitting balls today, but Stricker is taking this rehab with caution.
“I told him that I don’t want to go backward, get out there too early and have it flare up again,” he said.
If Stricker has to miss The Players Championship, his next start would be defending his title at the Colonial the week of May 24-30.