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Stricker doubtful for Players Championship

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If Steve Stricker were a football player, his coach would list him as “doubtful” for The Players Championship next week.

Stricker, 43, ranked No. 3 in the world, withdrew with soreness in his chest after playing the pro-am at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans last week and returned home to Madison, Wis. Doctors there are treating him for an inflammation of the joint that connects his right clavicle and sternum. It’s a problem Stricker began feeling sporadically last year, but it never grew severe enough to keep him out of an event.

Stricker’s swing coach, Dennis Tiziani, said Stricker made some light swings Monday for the first time since his WD last week but hit no balls. He reported still feeling a twinge. Stricker is being treated with anti-inflammatories and undergoing therapy.

“Doctors have asked him to rest it,” Tiziani said. “He worked hard getting ready for the Masters, and he probably overdid it.”

While Stricker hasn't ruled out playing in The Players Championship, he isn't likely to play. Tiziani said Stricker’s priority is making sure he’s ready for the next major, the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in two months.

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