A difference a day makes: Stricker more upbeat


ATLANTA – One day after making a dire prediction about his Presidents Cup chances and alluding to the possible need for surgery, Steve Stricker sounded much more upbeat following a third-round 69 on Saturday at the Tour Championship.

“I felt really good today. I don’t know why. I just felt a lot more stronger today,” said Stricker, who has a herniated disk and a bone spur that he first detected last December and has caused weakness in his left arm.

Stricker’s turnaround seems to be a combination of various measures he has taken, including the Cortisone shot he had on Monday. He also said he put in extra practice on Saturday before his round and tried to slow his swing down.

It all added up to a more optimistic take on his Presidents Cup chances, which will please U.S. captain Fred Couples who has been trading text messages with his ailing star all week.

Stricker went 4-0 teamed with Tiger Woods at the 2009 Presidents Cup at Harding Park and the two are expected to be paired again at Royal Melbourne early and often.

Stricker was assured by his doctors that he couldn’t cause any further injury to the herniated disk if he played and plans to have a MRI back home in Wisconsin on Tuesday that will likely decide if he plays the matches.