By Doug Halberstadt
I enjoy reporting on the success of athletes who have ties to this area. I’ve written numerous articles about former Roscoe resident Danica Patrick, Rockford native Chad Knaus, Janesville, Wis., native Travis Kvapil and Cambridge, Wis., resident Matt Kenseth. Now, I get to add another name to the list—Steve Stricker.
I’ve followed the career of Stricker on and off for the last few years. He is originally from Edgerton, Wis., and maintains his residence in Madison. He played golf for the University of Illinois. He turned professional in 1990.
He has 10 PGA Tour wins. His most recent was last Sunday, June 5, at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. He held on to the 36-hole lead to win by 1 stroke over Matt Kuchar and Brandt Jobe.
With the victory, Stricker became the highest-ranked American in the Official World Golf Ranking at No. 4 in the world. For the first time in his career, Stricker was ranked higher than all other American golfers, including Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Stricker also set a strange record of the Memorial Tournament; no player has ever managed to win the tournament with such a strange score. In the four rounds, he shot a 20-under-par on the front nine and was 4 over par on the back nine.
Stricker also made a bit of golf history during the Memorial Tournament. He made eagles on a par 5, a par 4, and yes, on a par 3 (hole in one) in the same tournament.
Stricker also has the distinction of twice being named the PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year. The interesting thing about that is, he won the title in back-to-back years, 2006 and 2007.
If Stricker continues his winning way, I have a feeling I’ll be writing a lot more about our golfing neighbor from Edgerton.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the June 8-14, 2011 issue