PGA Tour: Steve Stricker

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PGA Tour: Steve Stricker

Taken from several sites including the PGAtour.com, Wikipedia and others:

Steven Charles Stricker (born February 23, 1967) has won 12 tournaments on the PGA Tour including the 2001 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and two FedEx Cup playoff events. His most successful season on tour came in 2009, when he had three tournament victories and finished second on the money list.

He has ranked as high as No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He spent 57 consecutive weeks in the world top-10 in 2007 and 2008 and was there for a further 157 consecutive weeks from 2009 to 2012.

Stricker was born in Edgerton, Wisconsin. He grew up playing golf at both Lake Ripley Country Club in nearby Cambridge and at the Edgerton Towne Country Club in Edgerton. A 1990 graduate of the University of Illinois, Stricker earned All-American honors as a member of the golf team in 1988 and 1989.

in 2009, Stricker's third win (and seventh overall) came in September at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second of four playoff events. He began the final round tied with Retief Goosen and Sean O'Hair, and birdied the final hole to win the event by one stroke over Jason Dufner and Scott Verplank. It was Stricker's second FedEx Cup playoff win, a win that also vaulted him ahead of Tiger Woods to the top of the FedEx Cup standings and vaulted him to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, his highest ranking achieved during his career. Stricker has been called "Mr. September" due to his success in the FedEx Cup playoffs, where he has never finished outside the top-25 in his ten career starts.

A sampling of stats from 2013 show Steve had still got it and may be getting better with age:

Driving Accuracy: 3rd @ 70.7%

GIR: 2nd @ 71.2%

Strokes Gained Putting: 2nd @ .727

Scoring Average: 1st @ 68.9

Always known as a good putter, Stricker makes up almost 1 stroke a round just one the greens.

Here's a listing of his professional victories:

PGA Tour - 12 Victories:

1 May 26, 1996 Kemper Open −14 (69-68-65-68=270)
2 Jul 7, 1996 Motorola Western Open −18 (65-69-67-69=270)
3 Jan 7, 2001 Accenture Match Play Championship
4 Aug 26, 2007 The Barclays −16 (67-67-65-69=268)
5 May 31, 2009 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial −17 (63-63-69-68=263) Playoff
6 Jul 12, 2009 John Deere Classic −20 (71-61-67-64=264)
7 Sep 7, 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship −17 (63-72-65-67=267)
8 Feb 7, 2010 Northern Trust Open −16 (67-65-66-70=268)
9 Jul 11, 2010 John Deere Classic −26 (60-66-62-70=258)
10 Jun 5, 2011 Memorial Tournament −16 (68-67-69-68=272)
11 Jul 11, 2011 John Deere Classic −22 (66-64-63-69=262)
12 Jan 9, 2012 Hyundai Tournament of Champions −23 (68-63-69-69=269)

Stricker, who is considered one of the best players without a major championship, shot a major championship record 63 in the first round at the 2011 PGA Championship and led by 2 shots after 1 round. However he faded away on the last 3 days shooting rounds of 74-69-73 and ended up in a T12. Stricker's career earnings are over $37 million, which is the highest for those without a major championship.

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Stricker to retain semi-retired schedule for 2014

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

NAPLES, Fla. -- A year ago at this time Steve Stricker was contemplating retirement; he’d play the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where he was the defending champion, then ride off into the sunset.

“What if I went to Kapalua to defend and didn't play again the rest of the year?” Stricker thought at the time.

It was an odd question given that he was coming off a four-year period that included eight wins and arguably the best golf of his career.

With the resumption of the PGA TOUR season a few weeks away, Stricker has no such thoughts of hanging up his spikes. But he does plan to again keep a limited schedule.

“It worked well last year,” said Stricker, who had eight top 10s in 13 starts on the PGA TOUR in 2013, including four runner-up finishes. “I wanted to be fresh and ready at every tournament I played, and I was.”

The only thing Stricker didn’t do in 2013 was win, so he’ll instead open his 2013-14 campaign at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in late February instead of the winners-only tournament in Maui.

With his last competitive start having come over this past weekend at the Franklin Templeton Shootout, Stricker will now retreat to Wisconsin for the next 10 weeks.

When he does resume playing, he’ll play mostly the same tournaments -- four majors and “six-to-eight” other tournaments.

Because 2014 is a Ryder Cup year, he’ll also keep an eye on the standings and add an event or two if he needs to.

As for why the shortened schedule worked so well for Stricker, his answer was simple.

“I thought I could still play well doing it that way,” he said. “That’s a lot of it out here, getting things right in your mind and feeling good about your decisions.”

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