Steve Stricker is set to return to PGA Tour Champions in Houston

Steve Stricker is set to return to PGA Tour Champions in Houston

The very last 12 months have been a thing of a whirlwind for Steve Stricker, with the 12-time PGA Tour winner savoring the thrill of captaining the American Ryder Cup to victory instantly followed by a overall health scare that left the Wisconsin indigenous emaciated.

But Stricker, who mentioned he dropped substantial body weight though suffering from a affliction that triggered swelling about his coronary heart, is slated to return to motion upcoming week at the Insperity Invitational, the Houston cease on the PGA Tour Champions.

Stricker invested 11 days at UW Clinic very last slide with an ailment that simply just began as a cough.

“I’m down 25 pounds. I’m freshman-in-large college bodyweight. I lost all my muscle mass. I glimpse like an 85-calendar year-previous person, dude. My pores and skin is hanging,” he explained back again in January, quickly just after the incident. “I kind of have a emotion that (the Ryder Cup) could have had a component in it. It is a letdown, correct, right after that comes about? And then your immune method is almost certainly down. It most likely performed a position in it in some way.”

“My heart is in rhythm now. It was jumping in and out of rhythm from Thanksgiving all the way to Christmas Eve.”

Stricker’s cardiologist initially claimed it could be six months prior to he could return to competitiveness, but the University of Illinois item appears to be shaving about a month off that timeline.

And while a former golf coach advised he only sit on the sideline and appreciate this phase of his existence, the 55-year-outdated Stricker — who has seven Champions tour victories, together with 3 majors — said that simply just did not sit appropriate.

“That’s not my design and style, you know?” Stricker mentioned. “I like to do the job at issues.”

Stricker captained his U.S. to a 19-9 victory more than Europe at Whistling Straits, in his property condition of Wisconsin. Quickly following, he took trophies from the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup, the other biennial match-perform occasion between the U.S. and an intercontinental group, to a Champions event in Jacksonville.

Stricker grew to become only the third guy to captain successful U.S. groups in each competitions, joining Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.