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Snedeker recovering quickly from hip surgery

Brandt Snedeker
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HUIXQUILUCAN, MEXICO - MARCH 20: Lorena Ochoa of Mexico watches as her birdie putt misses on the fourth green during the first round of the MasterCard Classic at the BosqueReal Country Club on March 20, 2009 in Huixquiucan, Mexico. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)  - 

Brandt Snedeker’s recovery from hip surgery is ahead of schedule and he will likely start 2012 at the Humana Challenge, his manager told “GTC” on Thursday.

Snedeker had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip on Nov. 1 in Vail, Colo., and started hitting golf balls last Wednesday. The two-time PGA Tour winner began with wedges and plans to start preparing for 2012 at Sea Island (Ga.) Resort with swing coach Todd Anderson on Dec. 20.

Snedeker had a similar surgery on his left hip at the end of 2010 and missed the first two events of ’11 but is ahead of schedule and was in Atlanta this week to film a commercial for Bridgestone.

“It’s not as severe of a tear as last year so the rehab has gone a lot faster than the last injury,” said Jimmy Johnston with Crown Sports Management. “He’s a week or two ahead of schedule.”

Johnston said Snedeker probably won’t be ready to play the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii but should be ready to play the Humana Challenge the third week of January.