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November 13 2010

5:25 PM

Wetterich’s road to recovery

After missing all of 2009 while recovering from a shoulder injury, Brett Wetterich is playing this season on a major medical, meaning he has two more events, including this week’s Children’s Miracle Network Classic, to earn $293,255 to retain full status on the PGA TOUR.

Well, if Wetterich keeps playing like he is right now that won’t be a problem. He’s currently 4 under on his round and 13 under for the week and alone in second place -- a vast improvement from his last two starts in which he missed the cut.

To this point, Wetterich has earned $437,822 in 15 starts with his best finish a tie for eighth at the Viking Classic (his lone top-10 of the season).

Still, the last couple of years have not been kind to the one-time Ryder Cupper. In addition to ‘09, Wetterich missed much of ‘08 when he had just 11 starts, making the cut in seven of them. That year, his shoulder injury forced him to withdraw from the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and he then injured his wrist while preparing for the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Wetterich’s lone victory on TOUR came in 2006 EDS Byron Nelson Championship. -- Brian Wacker

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