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Stricker in for WGC after brother's transplant

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Earlier this week, it appeared that Steve Stricker would become yet another notable name absent from the bracket at next week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

After his brother Scott received a successful liver transplant Friday, though, Stricker is now on track to join 63 of the world's best Wednesday at Dove Mountain.

"It went way better than they expected," Stricker told the Associated Press. "It's still going to be tough. He got through the hard part."

Scott Stricker had been on a waiting list for a new liver in Wisconsin, a status that left Steve in limbo for the event in Tucson that will already be without world No. 1 Tiger Woods, as well as Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson. Following the surgery and with his family encouraging him to play, the younger Stricker made his plans official on Saturday.

"It's been crazy, but I'm going to come play since he's doing so well," he added.

Stricker entered this week at No. 12 in the world rankings and he's no stranger to playing an abbreviated schedule, having surged to the top of the FedEx Cup standings last season despite only 13 starts. He's on a similar track this year, as Dove Mountain will mark his first official start of the 2013-14 season. In fact, Stricker has played just once since the Presidents Cup last October, finishing 15th among a limited field at the World Challenge in December.

Seedings and matchups for the first WGC event of 2014 will be announced Sunday night following the Northern Trust Open. With Stricker's commitment, American Brooks Koepka remains first alternate for the event.