SOUTH BEND – Making the 240-mile drive around Lake Michigan with his wife on Monday night, Steve Stricker had plenty of time to think.
Stricker, 52, was able to flush the disappointment of losing a three-way playoff in a PGA Tour Champions event in his hometown of Madison, Wis. He was able to process the 8-foot birdie putt that wouldn’t drop on the final hole of regulation last Sunday and prepare himself mentally for his first U.S. Senior Open.
A good year was upgraded to a great year for Steve Stricker, who on Monday won the Regions Tradition, the first major championship win of his career.
Steve Stricker paid his dues to become a Ryder Cup captain, and it had nothing to do with winning a major.
It used to be that golfers hit their prime on the PGA Tour once they hit 30. No more. Golf is a young man’s game.
Five months after leading the 2017 U.S. Presidents Cup team to a blowout victory over the Internationals, Stricker has a win all his own.
Tiger Woods will be in Paris, though his job description hasn’t been finalized. His spot on the charter flight to this year’s Ryder Cup was made official Tuesday when U.S. captain Jim Furyk announced Woods and Steve Stricker as vice captains.
Steve Stricker, who turns 51 on Friday, is either 7 for 7 or 0 for 7 on PGA TOUR Champions depending on one’s outlook. The Wisconsin native tied for second in his first event this season, last week’s Chubb Classic. It was his seventh top-10 finish on PGA TOUR Champions and his second runner-up finish.
Steve Stricker and his pro-am partner Toby Keith at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.