Stricker hopes to get another Ryder Cup chance

By Randall MellOctober 1, 2012, 2:39 am

MEDINAH, Ill. – Steve Stricker couldn’t believe it.

With Europeans giddily singing “Ole, ole, ole” as he stood off the 18th green, Stricker watched fellow American Phil Mickelson wrap an arm around him and pull him tight. One American after another walked by to pat him on the back.

Through it all, Stricker couldn’t quite get his mind around the fact that the Americans lost their commanding lead and the Ryder Cup on Sunday at Medinah Country Club.

“I’m a little stunned,” he said. “I can’t really believe what happened.”

It was a nightmare ending for Stricker. The Ryder Cup came down to his match, the second-to-last on the course. He missed a 6-foot putt for par at the 17th, a miss that allowed Martin Kaymer to win the hole and move 1 up on him.

That meant the Ryder Cup was down to the 18th with Stricker knowing he had to win the hole or the Europeans would take the Ryder Cup home with them again.

“That was probably the most pressure I’ve ever been under,” Stricker said. “It was tough, very tough. I don’t think I will ever experience that kind of pressure again.”

After knocking his approach at the 18th long, 45 feet past the hole, Stricker didn’t come close to holing a birdie try that the Americans had to have. He drifted his putt 8 feet left of the hole. He watched Kaymer hole a 6-footer for par to halve the hole and secure the cup for Europe.

“It was a misread,” said Stricker, who wound up 0-4 for the week. ”We thought it was a great big turn to the right.”

Stricker desperately wanted to play well this week. He grew up a couple hours north of Chicago, in Edgerton, Wis. He went to school at the University of Illinois a couple hours south of Chicago. This week meant a lot to so many people who care about him.

“I’m disappointed I let the other players down,” Stricker said. “I just didn’t get it done.”

Stricker doesn’t want that to be his last Ryder Cup memory, but he’s 45. There’s no guarantee he will get another chance, but he wants one.

“As a golfer, you have to be resilient,” Stricker said. “It’s the nature of the game. I have been to the depths of the game before, where you have to pick yourself up. I’ve been through this before. I’ll be fine.”

Stricker is a two-time PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year. He is also considered one of the best putters in the game, but he saw the Ryder Cup expose the trouble he has had with his short game and putter all year.

“My stats are better than they have ever been from Tee to Green, but I’m not getting the job done on the greens,” he said. “That’s frustrating, because that’s my mainstay. What happened this week, it was nothing new.”

Stricker said he will take some time to decompress. He will heal up in the woods he loves, hunting this fall and winter, and then he will do what he did when his game left him in the past. He’ll get back to work building it up again.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.