2013 British Open Championship Player Preview: Steve Stricker

By Tristen Challe

At the age of 46, PGA Tour Pro Steve Stricker isn’t about to call it quits.

He has won 12 tournaments on the Tour, including two FedEX Cup playoff events. With age comes great wisdom, and Stricker has become one of the world’s most predominate golfers in the sport. The Madison Wisconsin native turned pro in 1990 and hasn’t looked back since. Currently, Stricker is ranked as 10th in the Official World Golf Rankings and 20th in the FedEx Cup Rankings.

Entering this week’s 2013 British Open Championship, Stricker has his sights set on the prize and his first major win of his career. Since 2006, Stricker has played in every major, only to come up short in each appearance. During this span, he has racked up six top-10 finishes and missed the cut only three times.

The end of Stricker’s career may come soon but he says he is not worried about ending his illustrious career without a major’s title. While he shows no signs or worry on the outside, you know he wants to win a majors title inside. Winning a major is one of the toughest challenges for a golfer to accomplish, and every player wants to be able to join the ranks amongst some of the best golfers ever.

So far in 2013, Stricker has finished in second place twice and has five top-10 finishes. His best finish this year was a 17-under par during the World Golf Championships back in March. His four-round performance during the tournament was one to remember, as he compiled 21 birdies with only four bogeys. If Stricker is going to win the British Open, that is the level of play he will need to bring to the table.

Stricker’s best strength in the game is his ability to hit greens in regulation, where his 72.63 percent success rate makes him no. 1 in the category. Don’t forget about Sticker during the British Open as he searches for his first career major.

Tristen Challe is a Writer for rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle

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