Appleby (back) doubtful to play Aussie Masters December 13 2011

Stuart Appleby is suffering from a bad back injury, swinging the club is painful and he is not sure if he can compete in the Australian Masters. Stuart Appleby at the Australian OpenPhoto by Associated Press Appleby said Tuesday that his back had become so painful it had ruined his swing and made practice difficult. He said he hoped rest and treatment over the next two days would enable him to tee off Thursday at the Victoria Golf Club, but may need to withdraw He added, he doesn’t know his body well enough to know whether he can make do with an ad hoc swing “or whether it’s a futile fight that I need to try another day,” adding “I’ll make that decision closer to the time.”