Stricker still optimistic for Presidents Cup


ATLANTA – Steve Stricker remained optimistic he will be healthy enough to play November’s Presidents Cup matches despite an injury that has made his left side weak.

“I actually felt good again today, which was very encouraging,” Stricker said following his final-round 72 at East Lake that left him alone in 15th place.

Stricker plans to have an MRI on his neck on Tuesday back home in Wisconsin and said he probably won’t play again until the matches at Royal Melbourne. Doctors told Stricker last Saturday that the “worst-case scenario” would be surgery, but he was hopeful he could avoid that following a cortisone shot on Monday and a solid week at the Tour Championship.

“He referenced (injured Indianapolis Colts quarterback) Peyton Manning when I talked with him,” said Stricker, who went 4-0 paired with Tiger Woods at the 2009 Presidents Cup.

Stricker said he watched the Solheim Cup on Sunday and saw what happened to American Cristie Kerr, who withdrew from Sunday’s singles matches with a wrist injury.

“I felt for her,” he said. “I know how much of a competitor she is and she looked like she was in a lot of pain.”