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.