Stricker in the hunt


THOUSAND OAKS, Calf. – Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, an odd pairing but one both players enjoy, are a study in divergent Tour personalities.

Woods, stoic and driven, has spent his time post-Ryder Cup playing in China and Australia and grinding on the Isleworth practice tee under the watchful eye of Sean Foley. Stricker? “Hunting,” he smiled on Thursday after 18 holes with Woods at Sherwood Country Club.

It’s no secret Stricker’s off-season workout is the yin to Woods’ yang, but it’s still worth noting that the Wisconsin native hadn’t touched a club since the Ryder Cup in early October before last week.

“It was a good seven weeks,” said Stricker, who carded a 72 on Thursday and is tied for eighth place at the Chevron World Challenge.

Just for the record, “Shag Bag” asked what Stricker’s plans were after the Chevron: “Hunting.” Got it.