Stricker Struggles into the US Open

Steve Stricker has admitted that he is struggling with his confidence, as he prepares to tee off at this week’s US Open, following what he describes as a ‘mini slump’.

The experienced 45-year old has four top-10 finishes in nine appearances, in 2012. However, Stricker’s putting has been way below the level that he wanted it to be at this point in the year.

Stricker’s short game has always been the strongest part of the American’s game, finishing inside the top-20 for putting in the past three years. So far, this season, however, the 45-year old has seen his putting ranking drop down to 72nd, making just 84% of his putts between three and five feet.

His loss of putting form has taken its toll on Stricker’s confidence, ahead of the second Major of the year. The former world number two has insisted he is still preparing to give this tournament his best shot, with glimpses of form recently giving Stricker something to take into the tournament in San Francisco.

“I am not excited (about) how I am playing lately, to tell the truth,” said Stricker. “I haven’t been getting the ball in the hole very well. I am hitting the ball fine, which is a good part, but my putting has been letting me down recently.

“I feel like the way I played the last few tournaments, I’m not carrying a ton of confidence in here, but I’ve been playing well in spurts. I feel like I can hold my own, and I’ve played well in prior U.S. Opens. So, I feel like, if I play my game, and I’m capable at what I’m doing, I can get myself in there.”

Stricker be hoping to rediscover his best form during this weekend at the Olympic Club. The American will be a 56/1 outsider in San Francisco, according to the US Open 2012 betting pages on Betfair.com.

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Kim out for over four months

Twenty six year old American, Anthony Kim who memorably rose to fame in 2007 has been sidelined with an uncertain date set on his return to action. The Los Angeles based golfing pro has only managed to make two cuts in competition in 2012 and has not completed a number of competitions this year due to niggling injuries.

The player who has won three PGA tour events, made his name when achieving an incredible ten top five finishes in one year, but has always suffered from injuries in his career. The Korean American has been sidelined with Tendinitis in his elbow and is expected to be out for as much as four to five months and even longer depending on speed of recovery. The injury was sustained during the Texas Open where he hit a rock, but have been an ongoing issue for some time.

As previously suggested Kim is no stranger to injury having suffered a torn ligament in his hand in 2010 after a superb performance in Augusta and after trouble with both elbows last year he is now facing a lengthy lay off which will see him miss the US Open and the Ryder cup. Kim has only managed to qualify once for the Ryder Cup in the American win in 2008, but failed to make the team in 2010.

This injury will come as a severe blow but having lost lots of ground in his career having not won since the Houston Open in 2010, Kim is viewing this injury as a chance to rest up an revaluate his game ahead of returning for 2013 where he wants to bring back his form from earlier in his career.

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