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July 11, 2013

Steve Stricker skips British Open for anniversary

Posted at 5:33 PM by Golf.com | Categories: British Open, Steve Stricker

Stricker_300Steve Stricker is taking his semi-retirement pretty seriously.

The 47-year-old Stricker, who announced early in the season that he would play a limited schedule, has decided to skip next week’s British Open at Muirfield to celebrate his 20th wedding anniversary.

He explained his decision this week at the John Deere Classic in Silvus. Ill., where the Illini alum has won three times.

A little apprehension about not going to the British. I've played in a lot of majors, consecutive majors over the last six or seven years, and to not go over there, it will sting a little bit when I'm watching it on TV. But we are going to be in a better place. I'll be around up north, like I said. We'll be doing some fun things. So my mind will get off that rather quickly. But for a guy who has not won a major and trying to win one still, that's probably not the best way to go about it, but that's the way I made up my mind earlier in the year and sticking with it.

Despite being one of the world’s best players, Stricker has never won a major championship. He has played in 27 consecutive majors and 59 majors in all.

Well, obviously we would all love to win one. They are hard to come by. You know, I'm not disappointed in my career if I were not to win one. Obviously it would be icing on the cake for me, but I'm kind of ‑‑ I went through a period of years there where I put a lot of pressure on myself to try and win one, and I'm kind of over that now, too.

--Posted by Graylyn Loomis

Photo: Steve Stricker in the first round of the John Deere Classic on Thursday.


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