Stricker has Playoffs fever


NORTON, Mass. – What’s with Steve Stricker and the Playoffs?

Stricker, who tied for second at The Barclays, is right back in the mix Friday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. With a birdie at the 18th hole, his ninth hole of the day, he grabbed a share of the early lead with Scott Verplank at 5 under in the second event of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Stricker, No. 2 behind Tiger Woods in the FedEx Cup standings, can overtake Woods as No. 1 this week with a first- or second-place finish. He moves to No. 1 if he wins and Woods finishes third or worse. He also moves up if he finishes second and Woods finishes 27th or worse.

Stricker finished second to Woods in the inaugural year of the Playoffs two seasons ago. Stricker, Sergio Garcia and Jim Furyk are the only players who have competed in all 36 rounds in FedEx Cup playoff history. Stricker's 25 rounds in the 60s is most in the Playoffs’ history

Stricker joked Thursday that his playoff runs may be fueled by his excitement that the season is near an end and he can soon do what he really loves.

“Deer season is right around the corner,” Stricker said. “Seriously, you want to play well at this time of the year. There’s a lot on the line.”