Category: Steve Stricker


September 28, 2013

DL3: Tiger, Stricker 'might be tired of playing together'

Posted at 5:19 PM by Pete Madden
Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods
Credit: William West / Getty Images

 

Let's hope they can still be friends.

In an interview with Golf.com, Presidents Cup assistant captain Davis Love III suggested that the longtime international match play pairing of Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker could be headed for a breakup.

We’ll have some of the same pairings, but I think you’ll see some differences from what we did at the Ryder Cup. Woods and Stricker, they’ve enjoyed playing together, but I think they might be tired of playing together.

Woods, who has had over a dozen partners in Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup competition over the years, seemed to have finally found his match in Stricker. The duo carried a 6-2 record into the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah, where they suffered three consecutive defeats against teams of Ian Poulter/Justin Rose, Lee Westwood/Nicolas Colsaerts and Sergio Garcia/Luke Donald.

Love said that captain Fred Couples "already knows who he's going to play together" at Muirfield Village, but the rest of us will just have to wait and see.

Who do you think should play with Tiger? Tell us.

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August 21, 2013

Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker to skip Barclays

Posted at 4:07 PM by Pete Madden

ZachjohnsonTwo players are making it a little bit harder on themselves to qualify for the Tour Championship by skipping the first playoff event at The Barclays.

One is missing by choice, the other because of a family obligation.

Zach Johnson (pictured), at No. 18 in the standings, will be in Chicago this week for his brother's wedding. Only one player has started at No. 18 and failed to reach the Tour Championship -- J.B. Holmes in 2010.

Steve Stricker is not at The Barclays because of his part-time schedule. He won the event in 2007 at Westchester Country Club.

--The Associated Press

July 11, 2013

Steve Stricker skips British Open for anniversary

Posted at 5:33 PM by Golf.com

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.


January 04, 2013

They Said It! Top 10 Quotes of the Week for Jan. 4, 2013

Posted at 11:55 PM by Mike Walker
Bubba1. Bubba Watson, on his history of panic attacks

 

“I’m afraid of three things: I’m afraid of crowds, I’m afraid of the dark, I’m afraid of heights.”

 


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2. Rory McIlroy, on why he might not compete in the 2016 Olympics

"I feel Northern Irish and obviously being from Northern Ireland you have a connection to Ireland and a connection to the UK. If I could and there was a Northern Irish team I'd play for Northern Ireland.”

 

Johnny3. Johnny Miller, on what he expects from Tiger Woods in 2013

"I think he's due for a win at the Masters. It'll be interesting to see if he can get all the little bugs out of his head."

 

 

Carl4. Carl Pettersson, on the anchored-putter ban

“It feels a bit like a witch hunt to me. They keep harping on the younger generation using them, but I think they're going to ban it because it looks bad.”

 

 

Caroline 5. Caroline Wozniacki, denying that she received an engagement ring from McIlroy

"It was a Christmas present and it fit on this finger and I put it on."

 

 

Gary6. Gary Player, on why he supports the ban on anchored putting

“If you have a slight tremble with putting, you can never be a superstar or win majors. Straightaway, when you anchor it, it takes away the tremor.”

 

 

Hunter7. Hunter Mahan, on his off-season visit to Israel in November

“There were missiles at Tel Aviv and we were in Tel Aviv. Once we heard that and once my wife heard that, she said, ‘We're out of here.’”

 

 

Charlie8. Charlie Beljan, on disliking food

“I've eaten the same Subway sandwich five days a week for the last eight years and haven't changed it, and I'm not willing to try.”

 

 

Stricker9. Steve Stricker, on his ‘semi-retirement’ at age 45

“When I get home, I'm not there. I'm focused on where I go next. ... I've had enough of being totally focused on golf.”

 

 

Monty10. Colin Montgomerie, on being elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame

“I had my fun in America but at the same time all good banter and good competition, and I'm very competitive, and so were they and it made it quite interesting.”

October 17, 2012

Tiger Woods's tournament gets new sponsor, star-studded field

Posted at 3:09 PM by Mark Dee

The field is set for Tiger's tournament.

The 2012 World Challenge will feature 18 of the world's top 28 players and will be sponsored for the first time by Northwestern Mutual, according to a statement released online by the Tiger Woods Foundation, the charity the event benefits.

Thirteen Ryder Cuppers will be in the field gunning for the $1 million first prize. There's no cut, so even last place takes home $120,000. Not a bad weekend, spent playing for a good cause: Proceeds go toward "the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation."

The tournament itself takes place from Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Tiger Woods is your defending champion, which shouldn't come as a surprise: Last year was his fifth win at the World Challenge.

Joining Woods in the field will be Americans Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson, Nick Watney, Bo Van Pelt, Hunter Mahan, and Rickie Fowler; Europeans Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell; and Australian Jason Day.

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September 19, 2012

Steve Stricker recipient of 2012 Payne Stewart Award

Posted at 10:28 AM by Mark Dee

Steve Stricker, the mild-mannered pro from Wisconsin, has been named this year's recipient of the Payne Stewart Award, which the Tour presents "annually to a player sharing Stewart's respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game's heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct," according to PGATour.com.

"This award means a great deal to the players on the PGA Tour, and I am truly grateful to be the recipient of the Payne Stewart Award," Stricker, 45, told PGATour.com on Tuesday. "I take great pride in being recognized for the values that the Payne Stewart Award stands for. I was fortunate enough to spend time with and compete against Payne, and I watched how he handled himself on the course, with his fellow competitors, with the fans and volunteers. I hope that by leading by example, just as Payne did, that our younger players will follow in the traditions of sportsmanship, integrity and charitable efforts that he helped bring to our sport."

Stricker continued his late-career revival in 2012, and is currently ranked 13th in the FedEx Cup standings. Earlier this month, he earned a captain's pick onto his third Ryder Cup team, where doubtless he'll play with Tiger Woods to recreate their successful two-man team. His charitable efforts, according to PGATour.com, "center around children and adults with disabilities."

"For years, Steve Stricker has epitomized everything that the Payne Stewart Award represents," said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said Tuesday. "From his professionalism on the golf course to his compassion for others off of it, it is hard to think of a more fitting recipient."

August 22, 2012

Steve Stricker knows who next U.S. Ryder Cup captain will be, but he's not talking

Posted at 1:36 PM by Jeff Ritter

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Don't worry, PGA. Your secret's safe with Stricker.

Steve Stricker, the quiet, unnassuming dude from Wisconsin, said on the Bethpage driving range Tuesday that he knows who the next U.S. Ryder Cup captain will be -- but he wouldn't reveal the name.

"I can't even answer that completely because I have an idea who it's going to be," Stricker said when he was asked who should succeed Davis Love at the 2014 Ryder Cup. "I promised my utmost -- I mean, I can't even speak a word of it. I can't even answer your question. I'll just put stuff in there -- because I know who it's going to be. Or at least, I have a really good idea who it's going to be."

With that, Stricker had a laugh and was whisked away in a cart. Ryder Cup junkies: Commence rampant speculation. Will it be current Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples? David Toms? Could it even be Stricker, who will be 47 for the 2014 Ryder Cup in Gleneagles and entering his captaining prime? Will it be someone else? Give us your prediction in the comments below.

August 09, 2012

Ryder Cup Press Conference: Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal talk teams, picks

Posted at 9:05 AM by Mark Dee

This week's PGA Championship is the last chance for Americans to pick up Ryder Cup points. And majors count double. With 51 days until the first ball is struck at Medinah, team captains Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal fielded questions at Kiawah Island. But they weren't asked about their chances this week on the Ocean Course. The two men talked captain's picks and course setups and shared a few memories on Wednesday afternoon:

MODERATOR: José Maria, start with you, please. Some thoughts about how your team at this point is shaping up.
Olazabal:
Well, at the moment, I'm really happy. Every one of those ten players that are in today have Ryder Cup experience, all of them; in that regard, I'm really pleased. Obviously there are certain players that might not be at their best at the moment, but as you said, there is 51 days to go, and I'm pretty sure that they will be okay by then.

MODERATOR: Thank you. Davis, comments on your team. The top eight, again, will be in by the end of this Sunday.
Love III:
Right. Obviously a big week for us, the PGA Championship and the end of the points on Sunday. I know there's several guys that are working really hard to try to make the team. So hopefully they will relax and just play the PGA this week and work their way in. But our team is shaping up very well. A lot of guys are playing well, as José Maria said, all our top really 12 to 15 guys seem to be playing very, very well.

We are very excited about it. It was a great win for Keegan [Bradley] last week and a great putt on the last hole, and obviously Jim [Furyk] is playing very well week-in and week-out now. A lot of guys-- there's not a whole lot of movement, but we have a whole lot of guys playing very, very well top to bottom.

MODERATOR: Thank you, both. And again, officially Tiger Woods is the only player on the United States Team who has officially clinched a spot for the U.S.

What about Mr. Woods?
Q. Haven't asked much about Tiger, and obviously he is your one guy right now that's in. Wondering, first of all, if you've talked to him about maybe any pressure he's feeling, not been part of a winning team since 1999, and have you picked his brain a little bit about the secret to Medinah, because he seems to have figured it out from an individual standpoint?
Love III:
I've talked to him about several things but not about specifically how to play Medinah. I played with him at least two rounds one year when he won there, and I saw how he did it. He hit it really long and straight and made a lot of putts, and that seemed to work real well for him.

But like José Maria said, this is a big week and a lot of those things are starting to come together. Obviously when the team is set, then I can say, who wants to go play, and who doesn't know the course. Tiger doesn't need to go, but maybe he can tell us something to do when we do go.

I think these guys in this day and age, you see-- I heard maybe Geoff Ogilvy came here or somebody came, Adam Scott came and played early or Tiger came and played early. Guys know how to prepare now and I think don't have to tell them a whole lot about how to get ready for a golf course. I'm relying on Tiger and Stricker and Furyk, like I said earlier, to help me make those decisions and help me make assistant captain's decisions and things like that, and the golf course is going to be a big one. Luckily we know Medinah pretty well. Guys on both sides, they know the golf course pretty well. We are pretty used to it. Maybe there's some Keegan Bradleys and Rory McIlroys that are younger that don't know it. But a lot of our guys have seen it or seen something very similar to it.

Good omen for Jim Furyk?
In addition to mentioning him above, Love refered postively to Furyk and other Ryder Cup veterans -- notably Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson -- multiple times in the press conference. Both Furyk (11th in points) and Stricker (10th) will need a Captain's selection if they don't make up ground this week.

Love, though, didn't say too much about who he's considering with his picks:

Well, I've said several times, we'll be plugging holes, matching pairings, things like that. Obviously if Steve Stricker was on the outside, we have a guy that likes to play with him, that's a lock...So you look at things like that. You want some hot putters. You might want another long-ball hitter. But I think this week is important, because it ends the points. But it's just as important as any of the guys who play at Greensboro or who plays well at Barclays. That's what we're looking for.

A Seve story, for old time's sake:
Olazabal: Regarding moments or something to remember from The Ryder Cup that we played here in'91 with Seve [Ballesteros], I would go to one of the first matches that we played, the way we started. We were hitting the ball all over the place. We ended up winning the match, and, you know, certain moments. For instance, I remember the second hole, the par5. He snap-hooked the tee shot way left into the water and I have to drop it on the ladies tee, that's how bad he hit the tee shot. (Laughter.)

I hit it onto the fairway. Obviously the U.S. Team was, like always, right in the middle of the fairway. They hit the second shot short of the green in two; Seve hit a 4-iron and blocked it right into the trees, left me against the tree, and I have to chip it out. And obviously we are lying five and the U.S. Team is like two, and I look at Seve, and I said, what the hell are we doing here, let's pick the ball up and go to the third hole. And in those days, the green had water front and water on the back. Seve said, "Just hold on a second. If we chip-and-putt, we make 7." Yes, correct, Seve. That's true.

"Well, if they miss the chip and hit it in the water and drop it and chip it on to the green and make two putts, what do they do? Seven. So we still have a chance. Let's go." (Laughter.)

So you know, that's one of the stories.

June 26, 2012

Truth & Rumors: David Duval and Padraig Harrington added to Hall of Fame Ballot

Posted at 12:58 PM by Mark Dee

The World Golf Hall of Fame is digging deep to fill out this year’s ballot. According to PGATour.com, the St. Augustine shrine has added a trio of very active golfers to this years ballot:

New to the PGA TOUR ballot are David Duval and Steve Stricker while Padraig Harrington has been added to the International ballot.

The ballots have been delivered to their respective voting bodies, comprised of Hall of Fame members, golf journalists, historians and dignitaries from around the globe. The voting window closes on July 27 and an announcement for the Class of 2013 will be made later this year.

Mickelson Close to Padres Purchase
Phil Mickelson's bid to be a partial owner of his hometown San Diego Padres is getting very serious, according to Scott Miller of CBSSports.com. As Miller reports, Mickelson's consortium, which includes area businessman Ron Fowler, and the O'Malley family (who famously moved the Dodgers out west in the 50s) have entered into an "exclusive negotiating window" with Padres owner John Moores:

The final sale price is expected to be in the neighborhood of $800 million, though that includes $200 million of up-front television money from a new local contract the Padres signed with start-up channel Fox Sports San Diego that is worth $1.2 billion over 20 years. Moores figures to exit with that $200 million as part of the sale price.

Mickelson was born in San Diego and grew up in the city through high school. He still lives in the area, making his home in Rancho Santa Fe, in San Diego County.

Djoking Around
Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 tennis player in the world, looked like he was aiming for total country club dominance Monday during his first round match on the grass courts of Wimbledon. Djokovic pulled out an iron from his tennis bag before taking the court to beat Juan Carlos Ferraro, according to the AP.

As something of an inside joke with a sponsor, Djokovic pulled a kid's golf club out of his racket bag and put it on the sideline when he arrived to face 2003 French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero at the grass-court Grand Slam's main stadium. Then, after a bit of a slow and nervous beginning that included an early break, Djokovic righted himself and beat Ferrero 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 to reach the second round at the All England Club.

"It was a little funny thing," said Djokovic, whose racket maker gave him a bag that has posts to make it stand like a golf bag. "Being creative, that's all. But fans corrected me right away. They said, 'This is not a golf course.' I said, 'OK.'"

Well, it’s not primarily a golf course. But I’ve often dreamed of popping a wedge off the grass at All England’s Centre Court. In the first round, at least. By the end of the fortnight, the courts look like greens only Mike Davis could love.

Here’s a quick video of Djok’s joke, via YouTube.

According to Emily Kay at SB Nation, the faithful were not amused. Perhaps golf’s No. 1 Luke Donald will even the score with one of those stringed-flyswatters at Royal Lytham next month. At this point, he’d try just about anything to win a major.

Irish Sells Out
How excited is Northern Ireland to get this week’s Irish Open? Pumped to capacity, according to the UKPA:

This week's Irish Open at Royal Portrush will be the first sell-out the European Tour has ever had for a regular event.

It is the first time the tournament has been held in Northern Ireland since 1953 and local heroes Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell are all taking part along with USPGA champion Keegan Bradley and three-major winner Padraig Harrington.

"We are preparing for a crowd around the 100,000 mark for the week," championship director Antonia Beggs said.

Bravo. And the way Northern Irish golfers have played the past couple years, there are plenty of reasons for excitement. And if one of their own takes home the trophy? Well, I don’t know what might happen, but I suspect I’d like to be there to find out.

Tweet of the Day: Oh, the Emerald Isle...

March 20, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Donald challenging McIlroy for top spot

Posted at 1:06 PM by Golf.com

SI-Golf-RANKINGEach week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1.  Rory McIlroy (149, 14, 1)   - Last three finishes: 3, WGC-Cadillac Championship; 1, Honda Classic; 2, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

2. Luke Donald (132, 1, 7) - Last three finishes: 1, Transitions Championship; T6, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T33, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

3. Lee Westwood (90, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T29, WGC-Cadillac Championship; 4, Honda Classic; 4, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

4. Justin Rose (77, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T29, Transitions Championship; 1, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T5, Honda Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 8

5. Phil Mickelson (76, 0, 2) - Last three finishes: T43, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T2, Northern Trust Open; 1, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

6. Keegan Bradley (72, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T8, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T12, Honda Classic; T17, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 20

7. Hunter Mahan (64, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T24, WGC-Cadillac Championship; 1, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship; T24, Northern Trust Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

8. Bill Haas (29, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T29, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T33, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship; 1, Northern Trust Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 15

9. Charl Schwartzel (22, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: MC, Transitions Championship; T4, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T5, Honda Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

10. Bubba Watson (21, 0, 10) - Last three finishes: 2, WGC-Cadillac Championship, T17, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship; T13, Northern Trush Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 16

Others receiving votes:
Brandt Snedeker (15)
Steve Stricker (14)
Kyle Stanley (11)
Mark Wilson (11)
Webb Simpson (9)
Matt Kuchar (8)
Sang-moon Bae (7)
Jim Furyk (5)
Johnson Wagner (4)
Bo Van Belt (3)
Tiger Woods (3)
Martin Kaymer (1)
Alvaro Quiros (1)

 





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