SILVIS, Ill. – Steve Stricker wants more than the John Deere utility vehicle and $828,000 first-place check that would go with a fourth consecutive victory at the John Deere Classic.
He also wants the bundle of Ryder Cup points that come with the win.
Stricker is lagging on the American Ryder Cup points list, ranking 13th. The top eight in the standings on Aug. 12 automatically qualify for the event Sept. 28-30 at Medinah. Though Stricker would be a strong candidate for one of the four captain’s picks, he wants to make the team on points.
A University of Illinois graduate, Stricker, 45, relishes the idea of playing for the Ryder Cup in that state.
“I really want to be a part of that team, right there in Chicago, right down the road,” Stricker said. “It’s going to be a great event. I was on the team over there in Wales when we got edged out. So it would be nice to be a part of that and try to win it back.”
There are 828 points available to Sunday’s winner. A victory could vault him as high as No. 8, depending on how players in front of him do.
Stricker said he added the Greenbrier Classic last week to try to bolster his Ryder Cup standing.