Stricker continues to make strides
At the end Sunday, Steve Stricker was in a hurry. But to play more golf, not less. A bus waited to take him from Carnoustie to Edinburgh, where a charter flight would transport a number of golfers to Toronto for their next stop, the Canadian Open."I'm the last guy, I think," Stricker said. "Got to change shoes and shower. Still got some work to do, too, as you could see. Bittersweet. This was bittersweet. This experience, being in the final group of a British Open, you can't buy that. Maybe one of these days, I'll close it out." But at least Stricker knows where he's going. It wasn't always that way. Someone reminded him of a steamy Friday night a few seasons ago when he walked toward the parking lot at the John Deere Classic after missing a cut, another cut. He groused about quitting the game before it destroyed him. "I remember that," he mentioned, finally managing a smile. "I probably said that three years in a row. But when I cooled down, I realized this is what I do, and if I don't do this, what else would I do? I have a family. So compared with where I was then and where I am now, yeah, I'm proud. And encouraged."
Bob Verdi is a senior writer for Golf World magazine.
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