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March 8, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Tiger Woods doesn't often compliment other golfers, but there's a reason he called veteran American Steve Stricker among the greatest putters in the history of the game. It seems that Stricker noticed a couple of small problems in Woods' stroke and counseled the former No. 1 player in the world. Things like relaxing his strong grip, improving his posture and keeping his hands ahead of the ball on impact. “He can see the things that are off a little bit because he knows my stroke so well,” Woods said of Stricker, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour.
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October 3, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
The Americans survived a late rally Thursday and put the International team in a familiar hole in the Presidents Cup at Dublin, Ohio. Steve Stricker blasted out of a plugged lie in the face of a bunker to three feet to save par as he and 20-year-old Jordan Spieth hung on for a 1-up win in the final match on the course at Muirfield Village. That win gave the Americans a 31/2-21/2 lead, the fourth straight time they have led after the opening session. The Americans led in every match early in the fourballs session and were ahead in five of them when thunderstorms and a few bursts of rain stopped play for 11/2 hours.
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July 10, 2010
Defending champion Steve Stricker broke the 36-hole record at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., giving him a one-stroke lead entering Saturday's third round. Stricker, playing in the morning, shot a five-under-par 66 on Friday for a two-round total of 126, which is 16 under at the TPC Deere Run course. That was just good enough to hold off Paul Goydos , who shot only the fourth 59 in PGA Tour history in the opening round. Goydos couldn't maintain his deft putting touch and settled for a three-under 68, leaving him at 127. A relentless string of thunderstorms that began with 100 of the 156 golfers still to begin or complete the second round of the U.S. Women's Open caused play to be suspended at midafternoon in Oakmont, Pa. Cristie Kerr , the world's No. 1 player, and first-round leader Brittany Lang shared the not-very-crowded clubhouse lead at one-over 143. Clippers sign free agent Cook The Clippers signed their third free agent in the last two days, reaching a two-year agreement with former Lakers forward Brian Cook . Cook, 29, had a limited role in Houston last season, playing in 15 games and averaging 1.4 points.
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September 4, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Fred Couples used his captain's picks to select 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and Webb Simpson to fill out the 12-man American Presidents Cup team. Spieth is the youngest American to play in the Presidents Cup. Couples chose Spieth over Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson. Furyk had been on every American team since 1997. The Presidents Cup is Oct. 3-6 at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. The Americans have a 7-1-1 lead in the series. Their only loss was in 1998 at Royal Melbourne. International team captain Nick Price selected Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe and Marc Leishman of Australia.
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March 11, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Way to go Steve Stricker. Way to ruin the PGA Tour for everyone else. As you may have heard, Tiger Woods won the PGA Tour tournament in Doral, Fla., on Sunday. The main reason he won was because of his outstanding putting. Woods putted 100 times in the 72-hole tournament, the best he has ever done (which is saying a lot, considering this is Tiger Woods we are talking about). He also made 27 birdies, the second-best total of his career. All because of his superior putting, a facet of his game that had failed him over the last couple of years, when Woods seemed mortal again.
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February 7, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Steve Stricker saw deer and coyotes and plenty of birdies Saturday at Riviera Country Club at the Northern Trust Open after spotting a Kardashian sister Friday night at the Lakers game. Stricker needed Google to find out it was Khloe K. hanging at Staples Center, but the 42-year-old needed no search engines to find his way around Riviera. Through 14 completed holes Saturday, Stricker recorded four birdies and no bogeys and opened up a five-shot lead after almost three rounds of the tournament were completed.
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February 6, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Friday was a day of men playing golf in winter stocking caps in Los Angeles. "It was pretty miserable out there," said Steve Stricker, who made it even more miserable for the other players in the Northern Trust Open, as did Dustin Johnson. Both shot incredible scores in horrible conditions. It started raining at the famed Riviera course about 7 a.m., or 10 minutes after the first tee time. It never stopped and neither did the players. Stricker and Johnson were the stars, with Phil Mickelson close behind.
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January 8, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Steve Stricker finished the third round at Kapalua the same way he started — with a five-shot lead. Only it wasn't that easy. Stricker watched his lead dwindle to a single shot on the back nine Sunday before running off four straight birdies for a four-under-par 69 that gave him a big lead going into the final round at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. He was at 19-under 200, five shots clear of defending champion Jonathan Byrd (67), Martin Laird (67)
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February 18, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
Ross McGowan of England rolled in a 30-foot par putt on the 19th hole Wednesday to beat Steve Stricker , only the second time in the Match Play Championship that the No. 1-seeded player was beaten in the opening round. McGowan got into the 64-man field in Marana, Ariz., only because Tiger Woods did not enter while on his indefinite break from golf. That elevated Stricker to the No. 1 seeding, and he became the first top-seeded player since Woods in 2002 to lose in the first round.
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February 7, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Steady Eddie has taken Los Angeles by storm, or at least those parts of it still dry enough to care about golf. In a city where glitz plays best, Steve Stricker has turned it up by toning it down at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera. He is about as flamboyant as a slice of Wisconsin cheddar; also, about as effective a striker of the golf ball and manager of a golf course as you'll find right now on the PGA Tour. During Saturday's third round, Stricker built a five-shot lead at 14 under par by fashioning a masterpiece of sensible shot making and shot selection.
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June 15, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
As you read this early Saturday morning players are finishing up their second rounds at Merion Golf Cub. Sixty-eight golfers had Friday leftover holes to play before the cut could be made atthe top 60 plus ties. Only then can we move on to moving day at the 113th U.S. Open. Billy Horschel and Phil Mickelson have completed two rounds and left the course Friday tied for the lead at one-under-par 139. Five other players are one shot back at even par. It was important, as the sun set Friday, that the group of Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Keegan Bradley was able to complete their second round before the darkness siren sounded.
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June 15, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
ARDMORE, Pa. - Steve Stricker, true to his personality, played another wild and crazy round in the U.S. Open golf tournament Saturday. One double bogey. Two birdies. Even-par 70. Also, one semi-fist pump and a smile, followed quickly by a return to stone-faced composure. Mannequins have shown more emotion. The smile came after he saved par with a 13-foot putt on the 18th hole that left him a shot out of the lead going into Sunday's usual U.S. Open agony and ecstasy. "It was a big putt," Stricker said.
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June 15, 2013 | By Mark Wogenrich
ARDMORE, Pa. -- The 17th green at Merion Golf Club sits in a quiet corner of the course, where the driving range and commuter trains normally provide the only background noise. Onto this spot, the U.S. Golf Assn. built two grandstands, one towering three stories over the green, to accommodate more than 5,000 spectators. Knowing that, Sean Palmer, Merion's first assistant golf pro, said before the U.S. Open that this would be the loudest place on the course. And still, the piercing roar that followed Phil Mickelson's birdie putt at the par-three hole was overwhelming.
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June 14, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne and David Wharton
Maybe Phil Mickelson got too much rest, or maybe the course got too hard. Mickelson had a much better run at Merion Golf Club when he jetted in at 4 a.m. on Thursday and shot a three-under-par 67 on two hours sleep. The second round featured Mickelson frittering away his first-round lead and then, on the difficult par-four finishing hole, making his only birdie of the day to reclaim a share of the lead. It was so Phil-like. His finishing birdie was only the ninth on No. 18 in two days.
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June 14, 2013 | By Tom Housenick and Teddy Greenstein
ARDMORE, Pa. - Jim Furyk was really looking forward to playing the U.S. Open at Merion. Maybe too much. Again. The West Chester, Pa., native now must look back on another disappointing showing in the Philadelphia region. "I had four events in the Philly area, and I never really played well in any of those," said Furyk, 43, who didn't exactly celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his U.S. Open victory at Olympia Fields. Furyk finished up a 77 on Friday morning and followed it in the afternoon with a 79, and he will miss the cut by a projected eight strokes.
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June 12, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss who they think will win golf's U.S. Open. Check back throughout the day for more updates, and feel free to weigh in with a comment of your own. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times When asked to pick winners in this occasional feature, I almost always pick older, dull guys, because I am one. But not this time. My pick for U.S. Open winner this week is Steve Stricker, and the pick is based on his recent TV commercial for Avis, where he reveals that he is not at all an old, dull guy, but a SAVAGE.
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September 5, 2009 | Associated Press
Steve Stricker birdied his first two holes, and Tiger Woods could see what was coming. Walking to the next tee Friday at the TPC Boston, Woods said to his caddie, "He's going to shoot 62." Woods' instincts were off by one. Stricker ran off five consecutive birdies and only once came close to a bogey in an eight-under-par 63 to share the first-round lead with Jim Furyk in the Deutsche Bank Championship at Norton, Mass. Furyk, without a victory in more than two years, shot his 63 in the afternoon.
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January 9, 2012
Steve Stricker has a bad habit of losing big leads. He managed to slip back into his old habit of winning. Despite losing most of his five-shot lead in only six holes, Stricker steadied himself in time to kick off the new PGA Tour season with a three-shot victory in the Tournament of Champions on Monday in Kapalua, Hawaii. Right when it looked as though Stricker was coming unglued, he made back-to-back birdies at the turn. That restored his lead to three shots, and no one got closer than two shots the rest of the way. Stricker birdied his last hole for a four-under-69 for his 12th career win, which moved him to No. 5 in the world ranking.
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June 7, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The United States Golf Assn. on Friday released the groupings for next week's U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania and missed a Golden Bear opportunity to titillate the Twitter and pajama blogger crowd by not pairing Tiger Woods with Sergio Garcia. Aw, shoot (under par, fellas, if you can). The USGA has a history of having fun with quirky matchups that are sometimes inside jokes. Last year the USGA played off variations of “Charles” with the grouping of Charl Schwartzel, Carl Pettersen and Charles Howell III.” The USGA made up for not pairing Woods with Garcia - a relationship that may still be a little bit too raw and sensitive - by putting Woods in an all-star threesome with Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott.
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March 11, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Way to go Steve Stricker. Way to ruin the PGA Tour for everyone else. As you may have heard, Tiger Woods won the PGA Tour tournament in Doral, Fla., on Sunday. The main reason he won was because of his outstanding putting. Woods putted 100 times in the 72-hole tournament, the best he has ever done (which is saying a lot, considering this is Tiger Woods we are talking about). He also made 27 birdies, the second-best total of his career. All because of his superior putting, a facet of his game that had failed him over the last couple of years, when Woods seemed mortal again.
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