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Mar132013

Stricker Almost Walked Away Entirely!?

Doug Ferguson writes about Steve Stricker's new condensed schedule.

I didn't read them all, but I don't believe I read this mention of all-out retirement in any of the stories touching on Stricker's decision to cut back in 2013:

The original plan was to defend his title at Kapalua and walk away. Over the holidays, he struck a compromise of 10 or 11 events.

"What I told Nicki was if I could just make enough money to pay our yearly expenses as a family, I'm fine with that," Stricker said at Kapalua. "If we don't have to touch anything I've put away, I don't need to do what I'm doing just to make money. I'd rather be staying home, doing things at home.

"I wanted to not have it be about me anymore."

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Not a surprise. He considered all the options, went with a scaled down schedule.
Stricker impresses me as a grounded, genuinely nice guy whose psyche is based on more than his pro golf career.
His life is probably based on balance (family, faith), moderation, and a diversified portfolio. Not a bad combo.
03.13.2013 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
"I wanted to not have it be about me anymore".
As Trevino has said "in order to play at the highest level you have to be selfish".
It's refreshing to hear someone of Stricker's stature in the game realize what success demands.
I always thought Stricker was a fine player. He certainly didn't move the entertainment needle at all and I wouldn't/won't miss his presence in tournaments, but I dig what he's saying here. Man after my own heart.
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Z
I wonder if there is something more here. The guy has had a roller coaster career. The downs were very down. His performance at the Ryder Cup was not good and it sure seems like it took a lot out of him. Maybe he is just tired of the downs. He has enough money. I kind of take this as giving up. But his performance at Doral tells me that he just needed a rest, a little time off from burnout and he'll keep going as long as he plays well. But my guess is he is just tired of the broken heart aspect of the game. To have dreams crushed (not winning majors) really can wear on a person sadly. He is a good guy and a good family guy.
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim
Isn't this really old news? For like the third time? Guys his age think that way sometimes ..
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGolfFan
A half schedule at his average earnings over the last few years is about $1.9MM, and that's just PGA tour earnings, not including endorsements, appearances, any non PGA-Tour events, etc. That's a lot of family expenses. Heck, he could quit now, he's already at $1.8MM. Good for him, I say. Of course, it would be nice if he didn't show up at Illinois vs. Wisconsin games in red and white.
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeitz
Well he's already made enough money to cover his expenses if that is truly his criteria. Unless he has some ridiculous lifestyle that seems out of character with his public appearance. Will he still play?
03.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn R
he's won more than 38 mill...i think he's be ok even if he doesnt cover expenses, dont ya think?
03.13.2013 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
Top. 50 players should not comment on personal financial worries.
03.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
+1 Chicago and PA!

Exactly! A line from an old Anthony Hopkins film comes to mind (The Bear?)

"Never feel sorry for a man who has his own jet"


I'll give Stricker credit for wanting to spend more time at home attending to the important things in life...but please don't mention about hoping to break even for the year...you sir, are already "ahead" for several lifetimes. Think bigger Steve, you have been off the mini-tours for a long time now.

And to think my goal each season past 5yrs has always been to at least break even playing the hit&giggle tours around here. 4-5k usually does it...that's about four or five top-5 finishes and the rest in the money. Anything more in the bank to me is GRAVY!
03.14.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
I was just watching him with his wife on the weekend and thinking about how great it must be for him. An unspectacular non-star with the exact right skillset to make millions while staying low key and under the radar. This time right now is the perfect time for him to be a pro golfer.

Can the TOUR really keep finding ways to make guys like this unbelievably wealthy? I have to think the bubble will burst somewhere. In another era, wouldn't a player like Stricker be looking forward to earning some pay checks with a side job and some senior TOUR appearances?

Good for him, though. He's living the (my) dream.
03.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDsl

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