Steve Stricker plans to play in Australia

Steve Stricker told Golf Digest on Tuesday that he still plans to play in the Presidents Cup, but will take off the next two weeks to try to help heal the herniated disk in his neck.

Stricker hasn't played since Sept. 25, when he finished tied for 15th at the Tour Championship. He said he'll take a couple of weeks to prepare to face the International Team at Royal Melbourne GC, starting Nov. 17.

"I have every intention of playing in the Presidents Cup," Stricker told Golf Digest in a phone interview.

Stricker told the magazine that he is undergoing physical therapy and is wearing a device designed to take pressure off a nerve in his neck. Stricker said he has weakness in his arm, and the middle finger on his left hand is partially numb.

"I'm a little confused and disappointed, because I thought I had it licked," Stricker told Golf Digest. "I never thought it would be a lasting thing."

Stricker has been a consistent teammate of Tiger Woods' in recent international competitions. They played together three times in last year's Ryder Cup, going 3-0. They were 4-0 as a team at the 2009 Presidents Cup.