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Steve Stricker

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (49) / 2/23/1967
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190

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Steve Stricker closed out his week at The 145th Open with a 2-under-par 34-35=69 to post 5-under 279 on the week, finishing in solo fourth but best of the bunch when looking at only golfers that teed off in the Thursday morning wave.
Stricker was the definition of bogey avoidance this week. He carded just four bogeys but also swallowed a double and a quad over four rounds at Royal Troon Golf Club. Like you'd imagine from a 49-year-old golfer, his best weapon was his short game. He took just 108 putts on the week and got up-and-down on 23-of-29 missed greens. This finish will be his third top 10 at The Open, but first inside the top five. His last top five in a major came at the 1999 U.S. Open, posting nine top 10s over that stretch of 49 majors championship appearances since. With weather often dictating the scoring at Open Championships, this year was no different. Stricker was first on the leaderboard when you look at only golfers that opened with the "wrong side" of the draw on Thursday and Friday. Jul 17 - 1:34 PM

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Steve Stricker smoothed a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the 145th Open Championship to post 3-under 210, up 10 spots on the live leaderboard to T17 and tied for the low round of the day thus far with Haydn Porteous and Brandt Snedeker. UPDATE: With play completed, Stricker is in a three-way T6, nine back of 54-hole leader Henrik Stenson, who also shot 68 tying the low round of the day.

The 49-year-old, who becomes PGA TOUR Champions eligible on Feb. 23rd, opened his 14th appearance with 67 and chased with 75 in R2 during the worst of the weather conditions. In his second frame, he steadied 17 pars but ate a quad bogey-8 at the 15th after an errant tee shot and an errant provisional tee shot as well. The Wisconsinite, who arrived off a T21 at the Scottish Open, bogeyed the second and the fifth, but otherwise was flawless, birdieing holes 3, 4, 6, 9 and 16. He played his final 13 holes in blemish-free 3-under.
Jul 16 - 11:21 AM

Steve Stricker scorched Royal Troon Golf Club with a 4-under-par 34-33=67 during round one of The 145th Open.

Known for his great putting, Stricker needed just 26 swipes to make his way around Royal Troon today. A good putting effort for most, but something he is also capable of improving upon. He split nine (of 14) fairways and landed 11 greens in regulation along the way. While Royal Troon is typically a tale of two nines, Stricker mirrored his nines with three birdies and a bogey on each. Early results are showing the field playing the back nine at 2.7 strokes over par, so Stricker picked up nearly five strokes on the field with his 2-under 33. This is his 14th appearance at The Open, but first since 2012.
Jul 14 - 9:10 AM

Steve Stricker is at Royal Troon Golf Club for the 145th Open Championship and is paired the first two rounds with England's Ross Fisher and Fiji's Vijay Singh.

This is the 49-year-old's 13th Open and first since T23 in 2012 (Royal Lytham). He Open-qualified by finishing joint runner-up at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June. Stricker's best finish (of two top 10s) is T7 in 2008 (Royal Birkdale) on 12-over-par 292, when the winning score was 3-over. He's a 12-time winner on the PGA TOUR, most recently at the 2012 Hyundai TOC, and his best finish of 12 top 10s in majors is runner-up at the 1998 PGA Championship (to Singh). The Wisconsin native and resident is looking to join Phil Mickelson (2013), Ernie Els (2012) and Darren Clarke (2011) as recent Open champions who won in their 40s.
Jul 12 - 7:59 PM

Steve Stricker authored a 3-under-par 35-32=67 in today's final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to post 10-under 270, good for a three-way T2, three back of champion Daniel Berger.

The 49-year-old was making his third appearance and first since a previous-best T28 in 2006. He began the final round exactly how he ended it, in a three-way T2, three back of 54-hole leader Berger. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he striped nine (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, circling four birdies against a lone bogey-5 at the seventh. Stricker birdied the third from 25'0", the 10th from 19'8", the 15th from 11'10", and completed his scoring with a seven-footer for birdie-3 at the 17th. His T2 is a season best and second top 10 on 10 starts, joining a T7 at the Valspar, and he's projected to jump 53 spots in the FedExCup standings to 107th. Stricker's T2 is his 16th runner-up finish in 459 career starts, first since T2 at the 2013 TOUR Championship.
Jun 12 - 9:25 PM

Steve Stricker authored a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-33=66 in today's third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to join the 54-hole clubhouse lead on 7-under 203 with D.A. Points. UPDATE: With play completed, Stricker is three back of 54-hole leader Daniel Berger and will be in the penultimate twosome on Sunday with Phil Mickelson.

The Wisconsinite began Moving Day in Memphis on 3-under (T15) after opening his third appearance in 66-71, six adrift of 36-hole leader Daniel Berger. He found eight (of 14) fairways and a week-best 13 greens in regulation, posting 5.084 SG: Approach-the-Green at the time he signed his card. The 49-year-old carded birdies on holes 6, 7, 12 and 14, three from inside of five feet with a long of 9'10" at the par-4 14th. He missed four prime scoring chances from inside of 10 feet however, en route to a pedestrian 0.217 in SG: Putting.
Jun 11 - 5:02 PM

Closing with a three-hole birdie train, Steve Stricker manufactured a 4-under-par 34-32=66 during the opening round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Stricker grinded out 11 pars and one birdie to open his day. From there he traded a 7'4" birdie at the par-4 13th with a bogey at the par-3 14th hole. The square came as the result of a water ball off the tee, but he recovered nicely with a 25'4" bogey-saving roll. He continued to showcase his recovery skills as he dunked a birdie out of the greenside bunker (57'4") at the par-4 17th. That was sandwiched in between two other birdies to close out his round with a bang. Stricker is making his first apperance at TPC Southwind since 2006, but he's having no trouble re-adjusting so far.
Jun 9 - 6:56 PM

Steve Stricker makes his way back to Colonial Country Club for a 10th appearance at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

The 2009 champ has returned just twice since his victory (T38/2010; T27/2015). The likely culprit was a scheduling conflict, as the course fits his game perfectly. Playing his ninth event of the season, Stricker owns just two top 25s this season. On the bright side, they came at Riviera Country Club and Innisbrook's Copperhead Course, both classical-style venues that force golfers to club down off the tee and hit their tee shots with a purpose. Stricker's run of form over the past two seasons does not instill confidence, but gamers shouldn't overlook him this week, particularly in deeper formats like DFS.
May 25 - 5:32 PM

Steve Stricker is at TPC Louisiana for his 15th playing of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and check-in at 156th in the FedExCup standings.

Overall, the 49-year-old is 10-for-14 at the Zurich with an impressive nine top 25s. More specifically, he's 4-for-7 at the current venue with four top 15s, missing the cut last year by two after rounds of 69-72. In 2013, the first season that Stricker went in to quasi-retirement mode, he posted a gaudy eight top 10s in 13 starts. Subsequently however, he posted two on 11 starts in 2014, none on nine in 2015, and one on seven so far this season -- T7 seven weeks ago at the Valspar, where he co-led after 36 holes. More recently, the Wisconsinite missed the cut by two in his last start at the SHO after rounds of 69-76.
Apr 27 - 3:06 PM

Steve Stricker stalled out to a 2-over-par 36-37=73 in today's final round of the Valspar Championship for a four-day total of 2-under 282, down two places on the leaderboard and into a four-way T7.

Stricker, a 36-hole co-leader after 71-66, wrapped in 72-73 for his first top 10 of the season in his sixth start, and first since T7 at the 2014 PGA Championship. He also posted his third straight top 10 in the event, joining a T8 in 2010 -- his last appearance -- and T4 in 2009. Clearly, the 49-year-old likes the Copperhead Course, although he couldn't get much going over the weekend. He began his final frame on 4-under (T5), four adrift and exchanged two birdies with two bogeys to turn even. After the break, he swallowed a double bogey-7 on the 11th and carded eight pars. Stricker, who played out of the fourth-to-last pairing with eventual champ Charl Schwartzel, finished the week No. 3 in strokes gained: putting, but 34th in SGTTG, including a -2.166 in R4.
Mar 13 - 8:58 PM

Overnight co-leader Steve Stricker backed up with a 1-over-par 36-36=72 in the third round of the Valspar Championship to post 4-under 209, down four spots on the day to T5 and four adrift of 54-hole leader Bill Haas.

Stricker, who turned 49 last month, co-lead by one thru 36 holes with Will MacKenzie after opening his sixth Valspar in 71 and 66, matching the low round of the week thus far. It was his 13th career 36-hole lead/co-lead in his 455th career start, and first since the 2012 Hyundai TOC, which he converted for the last of his 12 career TOUR titles. The Wisconsinite was shaky from the outside, missing a 5'0" birdie on the par-5 first before squaring bogey-5 at the second on a failed scramble. He bounced back with mid-range birdies on Nos. 3 and 5, but those would be his only two par breakers on the round. Stricker played his final 13 holes in birdie-less 2-over, dropping additional shots on nine (failed scramble) and three-putting the 12th from 42'5". Thru two rounds, he led the field in strokes gained: putting with a cumulative 5.602, but cratered to a -1.288 in R3.
Mar 12 - 7:04 PM

Steve Stricker styled a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in the second round of the Valspar Championship to post 5-under-137 at the midpoint, grabbing a share of the lead with Will MacKenzie.

It looked like vintage Stricker out there today as he striped nine (of 13) fairways and did his damage on his approaches as well as the greens. The highlight on the greens came at the par-3 fourth, as he splashed in a 61'6" birdie bomb to get the momentum rolling. His most notable approach shot came six holes later, where Stricker holed out from 150-yards away for a rare, par-4 eagle at the 10th. The PGA TOUR veteran walked off the course with 3.295 strokes gained:putting on the round. This will be his first 36-hole lead since the 2012 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He went on to win that event.
Mar 11 - 5:04 PM

Past champ Steve Stricker authored a 4-under-par 34-33=67 on day three of the Northern Trust Open to post 7-under 206, currently T16 on the leaderboard.

After taking five-and-a-half months between starts, Stricker is teeing it up for the fifth time in six weeks. The previous four resulted in T64-MC-MC-MC so returning to a venue where he's been a runner-up and also won (2010), is just what the doctor ordered. You wouldn't have known it's been five years since his last visit to Riviera CC. The soon-to-be 49-year-old (Feb. 23rd) opened his ninth NTO in 71-68 and chased with today's seven-birdie against three-bogey showing. Those seven par breakers came on just 11 greens in regulation for a stellar 1.364 putts per GIR with four traveling in excess of 13 feet. Thru 54 holes, he currently leads the field in that stat with a cumulative 1.517 mark.
Feb 20 - 4:37 PM

Steve Stricker returns to the Waste Management Phoenix Open for the first time since missing the cut in 2009.

Stricker exited the 2009 edition after rounds of 74-71 and trunk-slammed in '08 as well (72-73). In total, he has one top 10 in 14 appearances, a T7 15 years ago (2001). This is his third start of the season (all in 2016) after posting T64 at the Sony (69-65-68-72) and a missed cut (by one) at the CareerBuilder after rounds of 70-67-71. The 12-time TOUR winner turns 49 later this month (Feb. 23).
Feb 3 - 2:41 PM

Steve Stricker returns to this week's Sony Open in Hawaii after a three-year recess.

The PGA TOUR veteran arrives as an under-the-radar course horse. In 13 Sony Open starts, he's compiled nine top 25s. Unfortunately, the Wisconsin native failed to record a single top 25 during the 2015-16 season. Stricker is way too talented to stay down quiet for long, so don't be afraid to jump back on the train.
Jan 12 - 9:04 PM