Stricker has same game plan for 2014

by Tom LaMarre on December 18, 2013

Steve Stricker’s reduced schedule worked so well for him last year that he’s going to stick with it in 2014.

The 46-year-old Stricker, who played in only 13 tournaments last year, said he won’t start his season until the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana,¬†Ariz., in the middle of February.

“It worked well last year,” Stricker told “I wanted to be fresh and ready at every tournament I played, and I was. I thought I could still play well doing it that way. That’s a lot of it out here, getting things right in your mind and feeling good about your decisions.”

Stricker, who spent most of his free time at home in Wisconsin with his family and worked with his charitable foundation, started his 2013 season by finishing second behind Dustin Johnson in defense of his title in the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions in the first week of January, but he won’t be back at Kapalua because he did not win a tournament last season.

Even though he finished in the top 10 in eight of his 13 events, the best he could manage were four runner-up finishes, the others coming in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Tour Championship.

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oscar hansen January 25, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Good luck in 2014. A big fan. I’m Reno based but Wisconsin born. At 71 I don’t get to play much anymore. [bad health] But I try not to miss watching on TV when you’re playing. Was fun to see your wife toting the clubs for a tournament last year.

Peter Snyder February 2, 2014 at 9:01 am

The Nicklaus course at Puerto Penasco is not the only course in the area!!!!!

Joe Donovan February 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Good luck in 2014! I try to pattern my game after yours and love to watch you play. Golf is so much more enjoyable to watch when you are near or in the lead because then we get to watch YOU. Thanks for your efforts and the empathy you display while in front of the cammera. I hope you stay healthy for may years!

Jerry Camps February 19, 2014 at 11:35 am

Our prayers are with your brother Scott for a speedy recovery. Good luck on a good 2014 season. I am a huge fan of yours. Go get one for Scott.

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