American Steve Stricker, author of 12 PGA titles and the runner-up at the 1998 PGA Championship, had surgery on a bulging disc in his lower back to alleviate hip problems on Tuesday.
Stricker’s agent said the surgery will keep him off the course for at least eight weeks, but that is not a real problem for the 47-year-old, who already plays a reduced schedule due to his family commitments.
The surgery comes after Stricker played in the Hero World Challenge and the Franklin Templeton Shootout after a four-month layoff. He shot a 5-under 283 at the Hero World Challenge to finish 14th.
In 2014, Stricker played 11 events including three Majors. Despite the abbreviated schedule, he won more than $1.1 million in prize money, thanks to a sixth-place finished at The Memorial and a seventh-place finish at the PGA Championship.