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Steve Stricker

  • Birthplace: Edgerton, WI
  • Residence: Madison, WI
  • Birth Date: February 23, 1967
  • height: 6-0
  • Turned Pro: 1990

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PGA TOUR Victories

(6) 1996,Kemper Open, Motorola Western Open. 2001,World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. 2007,The Barclays. 2009,Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, John Deere Classic.

International Victories

(2): 1990 Victoria Open [Can]. 1993 Canadian PGA.

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$4,200,086 (2)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

P1-- Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. 1-- John Deere Classic. 2-- Northern Trust Open. T3-- The 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer. T4-- Transitions Championship. T6-- Masters Tournament, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. T7-- Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

PGA TOUR Best Round

61 at Round 3, The 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer. 61 at Round 2, John Deere Classic.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Carried a three-stroke lead into the fifth round of the 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer, but a closing 77 led to a third-place finish...Finished runner-up to Phil Mickelson by one stroke at the Northern Trust Open, the ninth second-place finish of his career. One of four players to record all four rounds in the 60s (68-66-69-67) during the week...Rallied from four strokes back to tie the lead during final round of Transitions Championship but bogeyed final two holes to T4, his third top-10 of the year. Recorded 19 birdies for the week, the most of any player in the field...In April, claimed his fifth top-10 of the year with a T7 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Jumped from T21 to the T7 finish after shooting his season-low final round (in relation to par) of 5-under 67...Chipped in for birdie on the par-4 17th hole in regulation play and then made a 3-foot birdie putt on 17th - the second playoff hole - to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Birdied the hole four of the five times he played it during the week and beat third-round leader Tim Clark and Steve Marino (all at 17-under) in the playoff for his fifth career PGA TOUR title. Moved to second in the FedExCup standings. Clark had a two-stroke lead with five holes left, but made a bogey on the final hole of regulation and missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the 18th - the first playoff hole - that would have won the tournament. His approach on the second playoff hole hit the pin and caromed 20 feet away...After breaking his career-low round with a 9-under 61 in the second round of the John Deere Classic, holed a 98-yard pitch shot for an eagle-2 in the final round of the John Deere Classic in July to claim a three-stroke win over Zach Johnson, Brett Quigley and Brandt Snedeker. On a final day where the entire field had to play 36 holes, the victory became just the second time he has posted two wins in a single season (1996). With the win, he moved into second place in the FedExCup standings, behind only Tiger Woods to whom he finished second in the final standings in 2007...Finished T52 at the British Open, but moved to first in the FedExCup standings after previous leader Tiger Woods missed the cut at Turnberry, Scotland.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Kemper Open, Motorola Western Open, World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, The Barclays, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, John Deere Classic.

2008 Season Highlights

Posted 13 top-25 finishes in 22 starts, finishing No. 14 in FedExCup points and No. 23 in earnings...Continued his strong play in 2008 with six top-10s, including losing in a playoff in the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship...Was a Captain's Pick for the victorious United State Ryder Cup team...Lost to Daniel Chopra on the fourth playoff hole at the Mercedes-Benz Championship. Chopra birdied the par-5 ninth as Stricker made par. Final-round 64 completed a turnaround after he was even par through 31 holes of the event before playing his last 41 holes in 18-under par...Claimed his fourth top-five finish in previous six starts the following week at the Sony Open in Hawaii. His T4 finish helped him reach the number three spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. Just six weeks earlier, he was ranked 10th...Finished T9 in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Defeated Daniel Chopra (20 holes) and Hunter Mahan (20 holes) before falling to Angel Cabrera, 4 and 3, in the third round...Finished T6 at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship, his fourth top-10 in first seven starts...Did not crack the top-10 again until nine starts later with a T7 at the British Open...Held a three-stroke lead after 36 holes at The Barclays, but weekend rounds of 77-71 dropped him to T19 in defense of his 2007 title. At one point early in the third round was 12-under, but a triple bogey on the 12th hole pushed him back to 7-under...Finished T10 at the BMW Championship, his seventh top-20 finish (in as many attempts) in a PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup event...Was 0-2-1 for victorious United State Ryder Cup team...Made his fifth appearance in THE TOUR Championship, finishing T24.

Career Highlights

2007: Had a career year, with a victory at The Barclays during the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, a second-place finish in the FedExCup standings and a spot on the United States Presidents Cup team. Finished No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Voted PGA TOUR Comeback Player of the Year for a second consecutive season...Finished second to Tiger Woods at the Wachovia Championship, his best finish (at the time) since winning the 2001 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Played the final three holes in 3-over par before losing to Woods by two shots...Collected his second runner-up finish of the season after posting a final-round 70 at the inaugural AT&T National...Three strokes back of leader Sergio Garcia through 54 holes at the British Open. Closed with a 74 to finish T8, his first top-10 in eight appearances at the British Open...Won The Barclays in his first start in New York since 1995 after carding four rounds in the 60s at Westchester Country Club for his fourth career TOUR title. Birdied four of the final five holes to overtake K.J. Choi, including birdies on the last three holes. Collected 9,000 FedExCup points and moved into first in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup standings with 104,950 points. First victory since the Accenture Match Play Championship in 2001, a period of 148 starts between victories...Finished T9 at the Deutsche Bank Championship and collected 1,250 FedExCup points but dropped to second place behind Deutsche Bank Championship winner Phil Mickelson...Finished third at the BMW Championship to remain in second place in the FedExCup standings. Shared the third-round lead with Aaron Baddeley and shot 68 in the final round at Cog Hill, but that was bettered by Tiger Woods' final-round 63...Entered THE TOUR Championship looking to surpass Tiger Woods and win the inaugural FedExCup with a strong performance at East Lake Golf Club. Finished T17 to finish second overall in the FedExCup standings, earning a $3-million bonus...Capped season off with 3-2-0 performance for victorious United States Presidents Cup team. 2006: Voted PGA TOUR Comeback Player of the Year. Made 15 of 17 cuts out of the Past Champion category, where he needed Sponsor Exemptions or Top-10s to get into most fields. Earned $1,811,811 on the strength of seven top-10s. Finished No. 34 on PGA TOUR money list, his highest finish since No. 30 in 2001. The seven top-10s equaled his output over the previous five years on TOUR...In his fourth start of season, finished third at the Shell Houston Open for his first top-10 of the season...36-hole leader at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot GC at 1-under 139, but weekend rounds of 76-73 dropped him to T6. First top-10 in a major since a T10 at the 2001 Masters Tournament...One week later, continued strong play with a T2 finish at the Booz Allen Classic, five strokes behind champion Ben Curtis. With $330,00 paycheck, surpassed $1 million in season earnings for the first time since 2001...Finished T7 at the PGA Championship, thanks in part to a final-round 3-under 69. Second top-10 (2nd in 1998) in nine starts at the PGA. Second time in his career that he posted two top-10s in majors (1998: T5-U.S. Open, 2nd-PGA)...Recorded his fifth top-10 of the season with a T7 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, earning a spot in following week's Canadian Open field...At the Canadian Open, posted four rounds in the 60s to finish solo 10th for his sixth top-10 of the season...Kept hot streak going with T9 finish at the 84 LUMBER Classic, third top-10 in as many weeks and fourth in five starts. 2005: Playing with Past Champion status, earned fourth-place finish at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson, one shot out of three-way playoff. 2004: Lost his fully-exempt card for the first time since the 1997 season after finishing 151st on the 2004 PGA TOUR money list and seeing his three-year exemption for winning the 2001 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship expire...Lone top-10 was a T4 at the 2004 John Deere Classic with wife Nicki on the bag. 2003: Finished 189th on the 2003 TOUR money list, his lowest finish since he joined the TOUR in 1994. Did not post a top-10 for the first time in his first 10 years on TOUR. 2002: Finished in the top 100 for the seventh time in his nine-year TOUR career. 2001: Won first PGA TOUR title since 1996 Motorola Western Open, defeating Pierre Fulke, 2 and 1, in 36-hole final of World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Earned way to $1 million by defeating (in order) Padraig Harrington, Scott Verplank, Justin Leonard, Nick O'Hern, Toru Taniguchi and Fulke. Third career victory jumped him from 91st to No. 47 in Official World Golf Ranking. Had not made a cut in TOUR event since July 2000. Win was his first in 89 starts. 2000: For the first time in three years, managed to finish among top-10 only once. 1999: Finished fifth at U.S. Open for second consecutive year on strength of third-round 69, the only player under par that round. 1998: Recovered from off year in 1997 with strong campaign. In a limited schedule of 21 events, made 20 cuts. Played only four times after Aug. 1, due to birth of first child, and finished in top 10 each time. All in all, had career-best 10 top-10 finishes and 12 top-25s...Tied for third-round lead with Vijay Singh at PGA Championship and closing 70 left him two strokes shy of Singh...Followed second-place finish at PGA Championship with another runner-up at Greater Milwaukee Open...Won Wisconsin State Open by 11 strokes. 1996: Impressive season included seven top-10s, all either firsts, seconds or thirds...Earned $1,383,739 to finish fourth on money list...First PGA TOUR victory came at Kemper Open, where he moved to within one stroke of Jay Williamson's lead with third-round 65 and closed with 68 for three-stroke victory...Won again at Motorola Western Open, with an eight-stroke victory...Also T2 at NEC World Series of Golf, third at United Airlines Hawaiian Open, Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic and THE TOUR Championship; and T3 in front of home state fans at Greater Milwaukee Open...Was 2-3 in Presidents Cup...Was 5-0 on victorious Dunhill Cup team. 1994: T2 in second event as a TOUR member, Northern Telecom Open...T3 at Canon Greater Hartford Open. Finished 50th on the money list that year, fourth among rookies. Amateur: All-American selection at University of Illinois in 1988-89.


Wife Nicki, who had been his caddie throughout his professional career, gave up the bag in 1998 to deliver daughter Bobbi Maria. Returned to caddie in 1999 at Milwaukee...Father-in-law Dennis Tiziani is the retired golf coach at University of Wisconsin...Brother-in-law Mario Tiziani played on TOUR in 2005...After missing earning TOUR card in 2005 by two strokes at PGA TOUR Qualifying School, rediscovered game hitting balls out of a trailer in the December snow on the practice range at Cherokee CC in Madison, WI...Inducted into the Wisconsin State Golf Association Hall of Fame in December 2007.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record


National Teams

The Presidents Cup (2), 1996, 2007; Ryder Cup (1), 2008; Dunhill Cup, 1996.

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