American golfer Steve Stricker plans on going into semi-retirement this season. Wait, semi-retirement? Stricker, who has had many bumps in the road during his career, has decided to scale back on the amount of tournament’s he will participate in during the 2013 PGA Tour season.
Stricker will kick off the PGA Tour season with 30 other golfers, winners from the pervious season on tour at the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii. Stricker will look to defend his title at Kapalua’s Plantation Course.
Though he has had much success over the past six years, winning roughly $25 Million, Stricker is going to cut back to around roughly ten tournaments.
After teeing it off in the season opener, golf fans everywhere won’t see the upbeat Stricker again until the World Golf Championship (WGC) Accenture Match Play event in Arizona. Stricker plans to play in all the WGC events, along with the tours four major championships. Other tournaments will be sprinkled into his smaller schedule, including the John Deere Classic, an event Stricker has won three of the past four seasons. Stricker holds the record for lowest total score in the tournament as well, finishing -26 under par 258 in 2010.
The decision wasn’t easy for Stricker, who had been mulling over scaling back for a couple of years. Not only was Stricker competing at a high level, winning nine times since 2007 including three in 2009.
At times during his professional career, Stricker has struggled. Before his win at The Barclay’s in 2007, Stricker had not won since he defeated Pierre Fulke to win the Accenture Match Play in 2001. Stricker was awarded PGA Tour comeback player of the year in back-to-back years, 2006 and 2007. Winning the award in 2006 came after Stricker, who lost his tour card in 2004, finished the season with seven top ten finishes, all off of sponsor exemptions.
During his long career Stricker has been on four Presidents Cup teams for the United States, finishing victorious in all four. Stricker has been on the last three Ryder Cup teams for the United States as well, with one victory coming in 2008.
With the scaled back schedule, Stricker plans to spend time with his daughter, Bobbi Maria and help her improve on her golf game. Stricker is also currently teaming with American Family Insurance to form a foundation to help adolescents.
Stricker said he is playing as good as he ever has, and that not winning a major title yet is not hugely important to him. Many consider Stricker one of, if not the best golfer out there to have yet to win a major championship.