Steve Stricker's Christmas present this year was back surgery that hopefully will alleviate recurring hip pain.
According to an Associated Press report, Stricker had surgery on a bulging disk in his lower back Tuesday in Madison, Wis.
From the AP story, "Mario Tiziani, Stricker's brother-in-law and agent, says the one-hour surgery Tuesday was successful and that Stricker will be away from golf for at least eight weeks.
"The 12-time tour winner won't be missing much. Stricker already plays a reduced schedule, and he was not likely to play in 2015 until the Florida swing.
"The 47-year-old Stricker rested for nearly four months before playing the Hero World Challenge and Franklin Templeton Shootout. While he felt good, tests showed Stricker would continue to have problems with his hip and quadriceps without surgery."
The surgery comes a couple of months after Stricker attempted to land a ball on the midfield "W" at Camp Randall Stadium during a University of Wisconsin football game this fall. He didn't succeed that day, but let's hope this surgery will get him back on the golf course, pronto.