Stricker leaning towards skipping the Open


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – Steve Stricker is still leaving open the possibility of playing in the upcoming Open Championship – but don’t bet on him being at Royal Liverpool in two weeks.

“I’m leaning on not going,” he said Wednesday in advance of The Greenbrier Classic. “That is my gut instinct right now. It will be a last-minute decision, probably. See how I play this week and even next week, to some extent. But yeah, I’m leaning on not going at this time.”

Stricker, who entered what he calls “semi-retirement” last season, will follow this week’s start with an appearance at next week’s John Deere Classic.

“If I play really well, I’ll go. I guess the only thing that would sway me to go is if I play really well and I make some good Ryder Cup points and I move up that list. Right now I’m pretty far down that list (in 40th place). But if I do something special here this week or next week and get a lot more points, then I would probably go.”

Stricker didn’t play in last year’s Open Championship, but made the cut in each of the six previous editions of the event, including a pair of top-10 finishes in 2007 and ’08.

He is currently ranked 18th in the world.