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Curtis Strange will be back behind a mic at ESPN

September 18, 2009

Curtis Strange will be back in action on the Champions Tour at next week's SAS Championship after five months off following hip surgery, but the two-time U.S. Open winner won't be a full-time player in 2010.

The former ABC analyst is returning to the television booth with a three-year deal to work on ESPN's golf broadcasts, which include the British Open and early-round coverage of the Masters and U.S. Open.

"I'll play 10 to 12 tournaments next year and do eight weeks for ESPN," said Strange. "It's a good opportunity."

Strange, 54, who had an operation to remove bone spurs from his right hip April 21, has struggled as a senior to regain the form that made him one of the game's best in the 1980s. He did a bit of TV work this year while recovering from surgery.

-- *Bill Fields *