At 45 years of age, it looks as if golfer Steve Stricker is on the precipice of semi-retirement. This may be shocking for many, as Stricker has won over $25 million in just the last six years on the PGA Tour. That is very impressive for a golfer currently in his mid 40’s.
At the end of last year, Stricker was clearly giving a reduced scheduled a great deal of thought when he posed the question, “What if I went to Kapalua to defend and didn’t play again the rest of the year?” He is currently the defending champion of the season opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions and clearly wasn’t considering defending his crown.
However, after Stricker leaves the beautiful beaches of Hawaii at the conclusion of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, he won’t play another competitive round of golf until the end of February. He will also participate in all of the major championships and world golf championships that are held in the United States in addition to a few other tournaments scattered strategically throughout the year.
Stricker clearly has his priorities in order. He knows the highs and lows of the game of golf, especially on a professional level. At one point in his career, he was in a slump that was so intense and lasted for such a long period of time that he was voted Comeback Player of the Year…two years in a row. He has accomplished a great deal and seems to be happy with that. Now he wants to spend more time with his family, and I don’t think anyone can fault him for that.
“I’ve proved to myself I could come back,” said Stricker. “I had a great run the last six years. I think it’s just the travel, the time away. When I get home, I’m not there. I’m focused on where I go next. When I do something, I’m in it. I’ve had enough of being totally focused on golf and my life. And I wanted to not have it be about me anymore.”
I wish Stricker the best of luck in his semi-retirement and will still definitely look forward to watching him on the course, even with a reduced schedule.