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Stricker to compete at WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Steve Stricker will be competing at this week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship after it was revealed his brother underwent a successful liver transplant.

Stricker said that playing in the event was a ‘long shot’ as his only intention would be to stay with his brother Scott, 50, who has been in hospital since January awaiting an organ donor.

A liver became available last week and the operation, which was carried out on Saturday, was successful. It is reported that Scott is now making good progress in his recovery.

Speaking of his brother’s surgery, Stricker told Sky Sports: "It's still going to be tough. He got through the hard part.

"It went way better than they expected,” Stricker added. “It's been crazy, but I'm going to come play since he's doing so well."

World number 12 Stricker has been drawn to play South African George Coetzee in Wednesday’s first round in Arizona.

The unfortunate news is that Stricker’s replacement for the event, Brooks Koepka, will now be unlikely to feature in the tournament as planned.