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Stricker: a pain in the neck for Couples

US captain Fred Couples might have thought his biggest headache had passed when he named his final pick for the Presidents Cup earlier this week.

Bill Haas won both the Tour Championship at East Lake, and with it clinched topped the FedEx Cup standings justifying and earning a spot on the U.S. Team.

Instead a real pain in the neck might now have cost Couples his highest-ranked player for the tournament.

Tests confirmed Wednesday that World No. 4 Steve Stricker has a herniated disk in his neck.

Stricker's agent at IMG, Jon Heaton, told reporters  that an MRI confirmed the neck injury.

He says Stricker is not feeling any pain, although he is weak in his left arm.

While Stricker is reportedly weighing up his options and consulting specialists, it is unsure if he will be back to full fitness by November 17 and the start of the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia.

Couples has said has said if Stricker can't play, he would be replaced by PGA champion Keegan Bradley.


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