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Stricker only playing 10 events in 2013


    Steve Sticker article on Yahoo Sports from Golfweek. I don't have a problem with it but I can see the argument of minimim number of events will come into play.


    There is a very divided line between PGA Tour golfers that are fighting each year to retain their tour card and those that are so successful they can pick and choose which events to play in. It's one of the benefits of being a top player, and each year guys like Tiger Woodsand Phil Mickelson can pick whatever events they want to play on the schedule and leave off even more.

    Steve Stricker is taking that theory to a whole other level. Talking with Golfweek, Stricker said he plays to play just 10 PGA Tour events in 2013, a serious drop in play for the 45-year-old who has played in 19 events in each of his last three season (Tiger played in 19 events this past season as well).

    The idea is to allow Stricker to spend more time with his family, and he said while he doesn't plan to quit professional golf at any point, he is sick of the tour grind.

    “I’m not quitting,” Stricker told Golfweek. “I want to spend more time (at home). I still enjoy playing, but I don’t enjoy the travel.”

    It is crazy the turnaround Stricker has gone through over the past four years, winning three times in 2009, twice in '10 and '11 and once this past year at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions (At one point before all this, Stricker had such a bad case of the driver yips that it seemed he might have to quit the game entirely).

    His plan is to show up in Hawaii to defend his title, and then hit up the Accenture Match Play followed by Doral and then the Masters.

    If a young player did this, I might get a little peeved, but Stricker has turned his career around to the point that he is absolutely secure for the rest of his life if he never played another event, and with his sponsors on board, good for Stricker. Professional golf is important, but you can never call a guy out for wanting to spend more time with his family.


    He has earned that right, but I'd love to see him more!


    The joys of being a sucessful independant contractor, which is what pro golfers are. Good for him and congrats that he is able to do it. I think we would all love to work less and spend more time with our familes.


    wow only 10 tournaments isnt alot


    I'm also 45 and would like to be able to do the same, work less and spend more time with family, but unfortunately that's not possible.

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    I agree fully, He earned it!! I would love to spend more time with my family.


    I can certainly see why he would take some time off, but I would be too affraid of losing my game with that much time away.  The competition on the PGA is fierce and taking too much time away can be disasterous.  



    Has the PGA Tour changed the rules as I thought you had to play a minimum of 12 - 15 (or something like that) to be eligible for membership. Understand that has been the cause of much friction between USPGA Tour and many of the European players and guys like TW who isn't interested in heavy schedules.

    Wonder how that impacts on his endorsments and FJ contract ... do they require a certain number of appearances?

    But from his point of view it makes sense, more money that he will ever need and only really playing for the competition of it all now so good luck to him.

    Will also be interesting to see how many of these multi squillionaires now go on to play the Seniors tour ... guessing only the real diehards over the next few years as even the journeymen are now making millions each year.


    I think he has his priorities right. Golf is a career and family is forever.


    To get to the top of his profession, much was sacrificed and now he can repay some of that which was lost.

    Good for him and his family.

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    Steve Stricker is a class act and  has wonderful priorities. Family is first and he cannot be criticized for this  - But I agree, he is fun to watch and it'll be shame not to see him more in 2013..


    Very well said.  Golf is second to family.


    Lets consider this.

    You are 45 years old. You are set for life financially. And you decide, "heck, I'm going to play in 10 PGA Tour events this year!" Who wouldn't take that as their life?

    Oh yeah, to get there you would have to have lived through what Strick has over the past 20 years, both emotionally and physically. Yeah, he's earned his time to scale back and enjoy life. Just wish it was me!


    I hate that we won't see him more, but at this point he has most certainly earned it.  


    He has definatly earned that right for sure