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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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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

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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

Steve Stricker enjoyed a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his opening round of the Hero World Challenge.

Stricker is making his first competitive start since the PGA Championship. At the time, he believed that he had a torn labrum in his left hip, but the 47-year-old has since learned that he was suffering from a herniated disc in his back. If he was experiencing any discomfort today, it didn't show. Stricker landed 13 greens in regulation and buried five birdies, three of which on par 5s.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 04:12:00 PM

Steve Stricker is scheduled to compete in this week's Hero World Challenge.

Out since the PGA Championship to recover from a torn labrum in his left hip, Stricker is making his debut at Isleworth Country Club. All of the 18 in the field will get paid, but the only official collection will involve World Ranking points. Since he's currently 39th in the OWGR, a spot inside the top 50 at the conclusion of 2014 is all but a certainty, so he'll be exempt into the Masters via that conduit. However, Stricker is not yet eligible for the U.S. Open and The Open Championship. He's also on the outside looking into the limited field at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. So, a strong week in Florida will go a long way at forcing our hand to invest in the full gamut of biggest events in 2015 (keeping in mind that he's sat out the last two editions of The Open).
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 03:14:00 PM

Steve Stricker is in the resting phase of his rehabilitation process for the torn labrum in his left hip.

Stricker shut down his 2013-14 season prematurely, even though he was still eligible at The Barclays. The torn labrum played a big part, but he managed to play through that pain for much of last season, so that wasn't the only reason. With more pressing issues like his brother's health at the time, as well as his annual elk hunting trip, it was no surprise to see him hang it up early. With a lot on his plate, we saw just two top 10s last season after eight the following. Gamers will want to watch Stricker closely to see how his hip responds early in the season to some much needed rest.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 09:07:00 AM

Steve Stricker's brother, Scott, died on Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin.

Scott had a liver transplant in February. He also had Crohn's disease, but the news was good enough that Steve elected to compete in the WGC-Match Play shortly thereafter. However, Scott's kidneys later malfunctioned, forcing him to spend time in intensive care. He was 51. Steve played infrequently once again in 2013-14, but drummed up a pair of top 10s, including a T7 in his last start at the PGA Championship. He's since rested to heal from a torn labrum in his left hip and isn't expected to competitively again until December.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 06:46:00 PM

Steve Stricker is not planning to compete again until December, according to Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Stricker is one of three golfers eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs that isn't teeing it up at The Barclays. (Dustin Johnson is on personal leave while Jason Dufner is nursing bulging discs in his neck.) Stricker has been playing through a torn labrum in his left hip, but there's more to it. "Sounds like I've got a back and hip issue," Stricker told D'Amato in a text message. "Going to shut it down till December. Rest and rehab and then try to play and see how it goes." Stricker added that he's dealing with herniated discs in his neck and back. He's also known to have an elk hunting trip planned shortly, but he'll be at captain Tom Watson's side at the Ryder Cup in Scotland in five weeks.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 12:15:00 AM

Steve Stricker is not included in the published field for next week's Barclays.

Stricker, who has a torn labrum in his left hip, joins Dustin Johnson (sabbatical) and Jason Dufner (neck) as the three holdouts from the lid-lifter of the FedExCup Playoffs. At 99th in the standings, Stricker is unlikely to survive as it would require him remaining inside the top 100 and all of the guys ranked 101-125 to miss the cut at Ridgewood Country Club. So, the next time we'll see him will likely be with an earpiecs on a golf cart at Gleneagles on a golf cart.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 05:30:00 PM

Steve Stricker carded a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the PGA Championship to snare a top-10 finish at 11-under 273.

Two of Stricker's four birdies stand above the rest, finding the bottom of the cup from 10'2" on the par-4 12th and 42'5" on the par-4 17th. The final round was the first time all week that he didn't gain over two strokes on the field with the flat stick, ranking second in SGP for the tournament at the time of his posting. He entered the week 122nd in the FedExCup standings, but locks up his spot inside the top 125 for Playoff inclusion with this finish.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 08:06:00 PM