Coming off a win, along with partner Bo Van Pelt at the charity golf tournament of Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, Steve Stricker will be headlining the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, officially known as the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.
Having won the title three times already, Stricker will head into the tournament aiming for his fourth title in five years which will also earn him a direct ticket to the British Open, which is scheduled for tee off next week.
With the victor eligible to board the charter flight that will fly with the contestants of the Open Championship to Muirfield, the 46 year old Stricker, already a twelve time winner of PGA Tour events will need to decide whether the trans-Atlantic trip will disrupt the semi retirement he has been in for the last few years.
Speaking to reporters, Steve Stricker stated that he thinks he missed the deadline of sending in his name for the British Open and mentioned that he doesn’t think he will be making the trip after all. Stricker has taken part in around 11 tournaments this year and finished at T-8 at the US Open last month.
Stricker cut back on his time playing on Tour to concentrate more on his family but this tournament has been one where he almost a guaranteed participant year in and year out.
He enjoys massive crowd following at the course and not only is it because it is close to his home in Wisconsin but the fans also love the fact that he has had a pedigree of being a part of the University of Illinois.
Alongside Steve Stricker, the likes of Zach Johnson, who will defend his title at the course, David Duval and Keegan Bradley will also be a part of the lineup.