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Steve Stricker |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (48) / 2/23/1967
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
College: University of Illinois

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Wisconsin's own Steve Stricker wrapped his 97th PGA Championship with a final-round 2-under-par 34-36=70 to post 4-under 284, his sixth straight, sub-par aggregate in the tournament.
Stricker's streak of five straight top-20 finishes at the PGA came to a close. He was rolling thru his first 13 holes at 5-under, carding consecutive birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 and three straight on 10-12. His early success featured four conversions from inside five feet with a long of 13'9" at the par-3 12th. The Wisconsinite squared double on 14 and bogey on 17 to conclude his scoring. Playing in just his ninth tournament of the season, he currently sits T34 on the live leaderboard. His season best is T27 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Stricker is not in the field at next week's Wyndham Championship, so his 21st season on the PGA TOUR will come to a close. He failed to qualify for the FEC Playoffs for the first time since their inception in 2007. The 48-year-old was eligible last year at No. 103 in the standings, but chose not to compete. Aug 16 - 3:27 PM

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Steve Stricker signed for a 1-under-par 35-36=71 following his opening round of the 97th PGA Championship.

In the field only because he placed T7 at Valhalla in last year's edition, Stricker booked the opportunity to peg it at Whistling Straits for a rare home-state start. He split eight (of 14) fairways but created only 10 opportunities to break par. Stricker connected thrice, including a roll from 10-and-a-half feet at the par-5 fifth. He also squared two bogeys, but salvaged four pars from outside 12 feet! The longest of the set disappeared from 23'4" at the par-4 18th hole where he concluded the trek. Stricker is 182nd in the FedExCup standings. He doesn't turn 50 years of age until February of 2017.
Aug 13 - 7:17 PM

Steve Stricker tees it up in his home state of Wisconsin at this week's 97th PGA Championship and is paired the first two rounds with Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke and fellow American Davis Love III.

Stricker has played in 17 PGA Championships posting nine top 25s, four going for top 10s. He's on a run of T12-T7-T12-T7 in the last four editions. His best finish was solo second in 1998 at Sahalee CC in Washington state. Stricker was born in Edgerton, Wisconsin and makes his home in Madison. He finished T18 in the 2010 PGA at Whistling Straits (par 72) on rounds of 72-72-68-72. At 48 years of age, the semi-retired Stricker has played in just eight events on the season with a best of T27 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, good for 181st in the FedExCup standings. He's made the FEC Playoffs in every year since their inception in 2007. Stricker co-owns the tournament record (and all-time low round in a major) of 63 with 11 other players. His version came in the first round of the 2011 PGA at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Aug 11 - 7:40 PM

Steve Stricker carded a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in today's second round of the John Deere Classic to touch 8-under 134 at the midpoint.

He's four strokes off the 36-hole lead and just outside the top 10 on the leaderboard, but all bets are still on for anyone inside the top 25 as we hit the back half of this shootout. Stricker found three birdies today, the highlight taping out at 39'1" at the par-4 15th hole. He also saved par from 12'1" at the par-3 12th, but walked off with a two-putt bogey-5 at No. 18. Today's is his 28th sub-70 since he first competed at TPC Deere Run in 2003.
Jul 10 - 7:48 PM

Steve Stricker spun a 6-under-par 34-31=65 for his opening round of the John Deere Classic.

There's nothing like a comfort zone. Now 48 years of age, the three-time JDC champ and all-time earnings leader at the tournament sandwiched bogeys at the 17th and 18th holes with eight birdies. The only conversions of note rolled 17'11" at the par-3 12th and 10'11" at the par-4 first, but he didn't miss from inside 15 feet all day. He signed his card sitting just two strokes off the clubhouse lead. This is his lowest aggregate on the PGA TOUR since a third-round 64 at TPC Deere Run last year.
Jul 9 - 1:40 PM

Steve Stricker is back at The Old White TPC for his third running of the Greenbrier Classic.

Stricker has carded seven of his eight career Greenbrier rounds in red numbers. Not an overly difficult task, but encouraging nonetheless. He arrives in search of his first top 25 of the season, going 0-for-5 thus far. Being paired with his buddy, Tiger Woods, in the first two rounds could loosen him up just enough to see the return of the top-25 machine we know and love. He remains one of the safest bets to play the weekend any time he tees it up.
Jul 1 - 8:15 PM

Steve Stricker turns his attention to Muirfield Village Golf Club for his 12th playing of the Memorial.

Stricker finished T6 in last year's edition and inclusive of his win in 2011, has two top 10s in his last three starts at Muirfield Village (T50 in 2012 the other; DNP in 2013). At 48 years of age and having undergone off-season back surgery, he's making just his fifth start in 2015, opening his season with a T28 at the Masters. After a missed cut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Stricker is shaking off the rust, registering a T38 at THE PLAYERS and a T27 two weeks ago at the Crowne Plaza Inivitational. At 173rd in the FedExCup standings, he needs to continue this positive trend, and should, considering his recent success at the venue.
Jun 2 - 1:36 PM

Steve Stricker submitted a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in today's opening round of THE PLAYERS.

It just ain't fair, is it? The semi-retired Stricker split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation at TPC Sawgrass today. He traded two bogeys for five birdies, including a gem from 24'8" at the par-4 seventh hole. The 48-year-old missed the cut in New Orleans, which was his first MC since the 2012 PLAYERS, so he's poised to start a new streak this week. He's only two strokes off the clubhouse lead.
May 7 - 1:36 PM

At 3-under-par 69-72=141, Steve Stricker missed the cut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans by two strokes.

It's a phrase not associated with Stricker in almost three years. This is his first MC in 37 starts (2012 PLAYERS). Twelve of his paydays during the streak occurred in events with no cut. He found only 14 (of 28) fairways and 24 greens in regulation at TPC Louisiana this week. Nine birdies weren't enough to offset six bogeys. We'll see him again in two weeks at THE PLAYERS since he failed to qualify for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship for the first time since 2006.
Apr 25 - 11:34 AM

Steve Stricker smoothed a 5-under-par 33-35=68 in today's final round of the 79th Masters to post 1-under 287, good for sole possession of the 72-hole clubhouse lead.

He signed his card sitting outside the top 25 on the leaderboard, but sitting as the leader in the clubhouse on Sunday exceeded most expectations upon arrival. Remember that he hasn't played competitively since having back surgery on Christmas Eve. During today's loop, he landed 12 greens in regulation and circled seven birdies, both weekly highs for him. One of his missed GIRs yielded a birdie anyway. After missing the green long and left at the par-3 fourth hole, Stricker holed the long chip for a 2. Today's score is his lowest at Augusta National since he carded the same in the third round of the 2009 edition.
Apr 12 - 2:53 PM

Steve Stricker is 3-over-par 73-73-73=219 through 54 holes of the 79th Masters.

Because 55 golfers survived the cut, the 48-year-old went out as a single in today's third round. That he's playing today at all is a testament to his experience and confidence in his ability to perform despite sitting out nearly four months after having surgery to repair a bulging disc. Stricker has missed 26 greens in regulation thus far, but he's scored over par on only nine holes while picking off eight birdies. This is his seventh consecutive payday at the season's first major. He'll playing with a professional on Sunday. Stricker also has starts mapped out for New Orleans (April 23-26), THE PLAYERS (May 7-10) and Colonial (May 21-24).
Apr 11 - 2:15 PM

Steve Stricker settled for a 1-over-par 36-37=73 in his opening round of the Masters.

In what might be his swansong in the season's first major, Stricker hit only 10 greens in regulation. He buried three birdies but also squared two bogeys and a double. It's his sixth consecutive round or par or worse at Augusta National where he's cashed in six straight starts. This was his first live action since having surgery for a bulging disc on Christmas Eve. Stricker signed his card sitting six strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Apr 9 - 3:35 PM

Steve Stricker will not compete in next week's Shell Houston Open, leaving the Masters as his logical site to return to the PGA TOUR.

The 48-year-old has been out since having surgery to repair a bulging disc on Dec. 24. He's exempt into the field at Augusta National Golf Club, but hasn't come out and stated that he'll be ready to go. He's alluded to hope on Twitter, but that's it. While he's been away, he's slipped to 73rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, so this may be his final start in the Masters if he laces it up. Stricker doesn't play often enough anymore to be able to even meet the minimum divisor of 40. In fact, he's contributing only 23 starts to his current value. So, he'd need to spike for a high finish in one of the majors to take advantage of another qualifying criterion.
Mar 27 - 8:17 PM

In an update at, Steve Stricker stated that he's hoping to make one start before the Masters in April.

Stricker has been on the shelf since having surgery on Dec. 24 for a bulging disc. He's yet to log a start this season, but expects to make 12-14 after he returns to competition. "I'm hoping to play once before Augusta," he said. "I'm not sure when that's going to be yet. Then I'll play the Masters. That's the goal." However, the article noted that the soon-to-be 48-year-old (on Feb. 23) is unlikely to compete in the FedExCup Playoffs if he qualifies. This is valuable information for gamers investing in formats that cap starts. As for his current health, he's on schedule. "It's coming along. I'm not doing a lot yet. I'm starting to work out a little bit. I've been walking a couple miles almost daily. I saw the doctor last week and he said I could start doing some stationary bike stuff, so I've been doing that. It feels good. All my pain and tingling and numbness is gone."
Feb 6 - 11:34 PM

Steve Stricker underwent surgery today for a bulging disc in his back.

According to, Stricker's pain was due to "acute and chronic L5 radiculopathy." It's an issue that he's been battling for a while. "I’m very excited to get back to practicing and competing in 2015 and expect to be 100 percent physically which really excites me." he said in a statement. "I’ve been limited the last several years and I’m confident the procedure will allow me to perform at the level I expect from myself. I don’t have a target date for a return to the PGA TOUR at this point, that will very much depend on how my body responds to the surgery and rehab." The one-hour, outpatient procedure will shelve the 12-time winner at least eight weeks. Stricker will turn 48 years old on Feb. 23, so his age doesn't figure to aid in a speedier recovery period.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 01:53:00 PM