At 46 years of age, Professional Golfer, Steve Stricker may have found the formula for playing on the PGA Tour. By making the decision early in the year to only play a few tournaments, and spend extra time with his family, he may have put up a blueprint for the rest of the tour players to follow. He has reached the FedEx Cup Playoffs rested, relaxed, and ready to play.
Let’s break it down, and see how it worked out for the aging veteran who is looking to soon join the Champions Tour in a few years. Steve played in eleven tournaments, made eleven cuts, finished in the top ten six times, and has taken home almost $3.5 Million dollars which does not include what looks to be a sizable paycheck at The BMW Championship. And who knows, maybe a big check in Atlanta next week.
I’m almost sure, there are others on tour who would take his 2013 season, and be able to smile all the way to the bank. I’m betting Steve Stricker is.
The only thing that Steve Stricker did not do this year, was win a tournament. He finished second to Tiger Woods at The WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral earlier in the year. I firmly believe that had he not fixed Tiger’s putting stroke at the Honda the prior week, he would have won in South Beach.
Even taking the first week of the playoffs off to attend a wedding , he was able to begin his playoff run in the 20th position, and after finishing second at the Deutsche Bank, made it to the eighth position.
He is one stroke off the lead at Conway Farms as play starts on Sunday, and stands to get out of there in fourth position if he finishes second, and better, if he wins. Jim Furyk has the lead as they tee it up today, but we have seen Furyk fold in a final round quite a few times in the past couple of years, so the door could be open for Stricks to get to Atlanta as high as second place.
I’m not sure why more tour players don’t take a look at this model for success. There are a bunch, who have played a heavy schedule this year, and look tired and worn out now that they are in a place where they need their best stuff. Steve Stricker is there with fresh legs, and a fresh mind, and may very well be your FedEx Cup champion. And hey!…he was thinking about blowing the Tour Championship off to go Moose Hunting?