NORTON, Mass. – After skipping The Barclays last week, Steve Stricker knew that he had one last opportunity to play his way onto the U.S. Presidents Cup squad. After an 8-under par 63 Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the veteran is in position to do just that.
“My goal this week was to make the team, the Presidents Cup team, on my own merit,” noted Stricker, who will begin the final round at TPC Boston tied for third, three shots behind Sergio Garcia. “It’s provided a lot of incentive to me to play well here, so it was good motivation this week.”
Entering the week 11th on the U.S. points list, Stricker would need to earn approximately $188,000 more than Zach Johnson this week in order to pass the former Masters champ in the standings before the teams are finalized. With Johnson tied for 56th after three rounds, Stricker would likely need to maintain his position among the leaders by day’s end in order to have a chance at cracking the top 10 in the overall standings.
“It’s going to be another low scoring day, I imagine,” said Stricker, whose third round Sunday was capped with an eagle on the par-5 18th hole. “So you have to have that mindset to pick your spots and hit good quality shots and make birdies.”
A winner here in 2009, Stricker knows that another title at TPC Boston would secure him a spot on the American roster at Muirfield Village next month.
“Playing well, trying to win this golf tournament takes care of my main goal of trying to get on that team,” he added. “So I guess the two go hand in hand.”