Steve Marino: Working His Way Back to the Tour

I came across this very interesting PGA Tour video on Twitter. It’s the six-minute story about Steve Marino’s effort to rehab a meniscus tear in his left knee injured in 2012. Working with his trainer Joey Diovisalvi, better known among Tour regulars as Coach Joey D, and his coach, Claude Harmon III, the video shows the vigorous golf-specific exercises he went through.

I have been watching Marino for quite a while. Back in his mini-tour days, he was playing in the 2006 Gateway Championship here at Desert Mountain. He shot a third-round 59 on our Outlaw course and went on to win. It has, of course, endured as the course record since then. He earned his card at that year’s Q-School shooting 62 in the finals.

He was immediately successful winning $1.2 million his first year out in 2007. He crossed the $2 million mark in both 2008 and 2009. 2011 was his last good year winning $2.0 million in 23 starts. He finished 2nd at the Sony Open in Hawaii and at Arnold Palmer’s Invitational. So this is a guy, with $9.1 million in career winnings, who has been a very accomplished player.

But the knee injury continues to bother him. He’s currently on a Major Medical Extension. He’ll have nine events in the 2013-14 season to earn $413,596, which, coupled with 2012 earnings of $85,040 and 2013 earnings of $148,874, would equal No. 125 from the 2012 money list.

Life on Tour isn’t always a bed of roses and it can easily been gone in the flick of a knee.

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