Less than three weeks ago, the news sounded pretty grim. After pulling out of the BMW Championship and getting a cortisone shot for his ailing neck pain, Steve Stricker showed up at the Tour Championship and told reporters the injury was still giving him trouble.
With the Presidents Cup less than two months out Stricker said he was so frustrated with the way the injury had altered his game, that he was on the verge of having surgery for the herniated disk in his neck, casting further doubt on his status for the Presidents Cup.
But on Tuesday, Stricker sounded upbeat about his chances, telling GolfDigest.com that while the injury had sapped the power from his left side, and partial feeling in his left middle finger, he still had "every intention of playing in the Presidents Cup".
Stricker, who shut his game down for the last couple of weeks to give his neck some rest, plans on heading out to Scottsdale, Ariz., to work on his game before flying to Australia for the event.
The decision to tough out the injury is an admirable one, no doubt about it. But does it makes sense to even have an injured Stricker on the team at this point? His stellar record with Tiger Woods and experience in the event make him a valuable piece of Fred Couples' team.
But considering lack of power he's experiencing at the moment, you have to wonder how valuable he really is at 70 percent. I could see Couples resting Stricker during the matches, but what's the point of having a guy on the team if you can't go to him when you need him?
Give Stricker a lot of credit for trying to be there for his teammates, but with a healthy Keegan Bradley waiting on the sidelines, you just hope his decision to fight through the herniated disk doesn't backfire.