It’s been well documented that Steve Stricker is semi-retired from the PGA Tour. He made that choice so that he could spend more time with his wife and family. Apparently, the life of a professional golfer isn’t exactly conducive to being the type of father and husband Stricker wants to be. He has said that he’ll only play a handful of events so that he can spend more time at home. He’s staying true to his word, as Stricker will skip the British Open in order to be with his wife on their 20 year anniversary next week.
I give a ton of credit to Stricker for making this decision. We’ve all heard of athletes missing games or tournaments for the birth of a child, but I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve heard of someone missing an event because of an anniversary. Granted, Stricker hasn’t been lights out at the British Open in the past, but he certainly hasn’t played poorly. I am sure this decision has to do with spending time with his wife and not about wanting to skip the British Open.
This week’s John Deere Classic is only the eighth event he’s played all year. He’s made the ones that he has entered count, though. He has five top 25 finishes, 4 top 10s and a win. Thanks to those performances, Stricker has catapulted himself all the way to number 11 in the official world golf rankings and 20th in the FedEx Cup.
Well played, Steve. Now, just don’t forget the flowers. Happy wife, happy life.