Think one of the best American golf players and Steve Stricker definitely features on everyone’s chart, just as he was one and half decade ago.
Stricker was the top ranked US golfer in the field at Kapalua, where the no-show chart of 11 golfers included 3 major winners.
He was asked at the beginning of the week whether he saw himself as a headline maker, he sheepishly smiled and answered ‘no’.
A few days ago, Tim Finchem, the PGA Tour commissioner commented that personally there is no one he would rather watch play golf than Steve Stricker as a fan. When this was told to Stricker, jokingly an individual asked whether Finchem was drinking a Mai Tai at the time?! Stricker asked whether he was drunk or not.
On Monday, Steve Stricker won that Tournament of Champions by 3 shots. It was Steve’s 8th win in last fifty events, the top winning rate of any player on the PGA tour in that period.
Runner-up Martin Laird stated that Stricker is the most underestimated golfer.
Taking the title for the 12th time in his golfing career was special along with assuring his family that they will go back to Maui next year. Having his daughters greet him with a hug on the 18th green turned it all the sweeter.
What defines Steve Stricker is what Jimmy Johnson, his caddie, says about him – “He may not be the flashiest player sometimes, but he does other things well. He uses his golf clubs well. He chips and putts well. He drives the ball well. Everybody has got a little bit of a different game, and Steve’s game focusses on the bits that he knows how to do the best.”