His return to golf after surgery is not of as much public concern as Tiger Woods’ but Richard Sterne (@sterndog29) gets back into tournament action in this week’s Alstom Open de France with at least some people watching closely.
He returns after recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.
He finished second to Graeme McDowell in the 2013 edition of the tournament – four strokes back after a final round in which the Northern Irishman carded a 67 to Sterne’s 71, effectively snuffing out the South African’s challenge.
Sterne’s last tournament was the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship where he shared fourth behind Patrick Reed, raking in a nice medical aid war chest of $395,000 – the highlight of a quiet start to the year in which his only other performances of some
substance were a first-round victory in the WGC-Accenture Match Play and 28th spot in the Volvo Golf Champions in Durban in January.
Those performances weren’t enough to propel him into the world’s top 50 in time to make an invitation to the Masters, so he decided instead to have the surgery early enough so he could return in time for the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 17.
He will have the Open de France and the following week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open to whip himself back into tournament shape ahead of the Open Championship – and into the kind of form which could take him quickly back inside the world’s top 50.