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 width=Steve Stricker, who has battled a balky back for several years, had outpatient back surgery on Tuesday and is home recovering.

The surgery was to "relieve issues stemming from acute and chronic L5 radiculopathy' according to a statement on PGATour.com.

Stricker, a 12-time PGA Tour winner, has played just 24 official events over the past two seasons. That was by design so he could spend more time with his family.

He skipped the FedExCup playoffs due to the bulging disc in his back.

The 47-year-old will rest and rehab his back over the next six weeks. After that time, Stricker will be able to begin practicing and doctors expect all restrictions will be lifted after eight weeks.

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