Steve Stricker paid his dues to become a Ryder Cup captain, and it had nothing to do with winning a major.
Today, U.S. Team Captain Tiger Woods announced Fred Couples, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker as three of his captain’s assistants for the 2019 Presidents Cup, which will return to The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, for a third time Dec. 9-15, 2019.
Steve Stricker does not yet play the PGA Tour Champions full time, for which those he is playing against surely are thankful.
Stricker, 51, won the inaugural Sanford International going away on Sunday, when he birdied three of the first four holes at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, S.D., led by five at the turn and won by four.
Last year, he also advanced through sectional qualifying and went on to tie for 16th place at Erin Hills.
Stricker was the only Wisconsin golfer to make it through sectional qualifying this year. Amateur Matt Tolan of Eau Claire shot 71-70 in Springfield, Ohio, but missed the cut by three shots.
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.
Steve Stricker pulled away on the back nine Sunday at Fallen Oak to win the Rapiscan Systems Classic for his second straight PGA Tour Champions victory.
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.