“I’ve got to have surgery on a new injury in my hip and it started in August. The labrum is torn around my joint, so it’s a cartilage injury. If I’m in to the Masters I’ll wait until just after that week in March to have it done. I have to do it straight after the Masters in order to be ready for The Open,” he said.
The 2013 Joburg Open winner must finish within the top 50 in the World Ranking at the end of 2013 and that requires a top 10 at Gary Player Country Club this week. That will put him ahead of Miguel Angel Jimenez, who currently ranks 48th in the world.
“I’m very happy with the year,” said Sterne. “I’ve been consistent and had some chances to win tournaments. I’ve also played well in The States, even though I only played five events I managed to keep my card.”
Surgery is on the cards for Sterne and he will need time to recover. With that in mind he tackles the weekend at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
“I’m trying to give it a bit more time, but I’ll get it done and sit out for a few months,” he said.
Playing in pain is not easy and Sterne will need to dig deep this weekend as he looks to finish the season on a high note.
“The course is nice, but you’ve got to be on your game. Just one or two silly mistakes, but I’m playing well. Hopefully I can start rolling in a few and jump some places,” he said.