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Strickers hometown buzzing with his victory and move to No 2

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Steve Stricker slowed the winter clean up at the Edgerton Towne Country Club’s clubhouse to a crawl Sunday in his hometown in Wisconsin.

That’s the course Stricker grew up playing.

“Our board got together Sunday to start getting ready for the club’s opening in spring, but little work got done because of Steve’s victory,” Bill Morrison, the former club president, said Monday morning in a telephone interview. “We were all around the TV watching Steve win.”

With his victory at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles, Stricker moved to No. 2 in the world rankings, which is making this little town of 5,312 in Southern Wisconsin swell with pride over its favorite son.

“That’s No. 2 and soon to be No. 1,” said Morrison, who owns Morrison’s Auto in Edgerton. “We’re all excited about the majors this year.”

There’s a sign at the entrance to the city that proudly proclaims Edgerton as “The Home of PGA Tour Pro Steve Stricker.” There’s another sign like it at the entrance to Edgerton Towne Country Club. Stricker has displaced Sterling North as the city's most famous resident. North was an author whose most famous work was the best-seller 'Rascal,' a children’s book. Stricker’s parents still live in Edgerton.

“I’m sure they’re getting badgered at the grocery store,” Morrison said.

Stricker, 42, who owns eight PGA Tour titles, four in the last eight-and-a-half months, will be looking this season to win his first major. He tied for sixth in last year’s Masters, his best showing in nine starts at Augusta National. The PGA Championship will be played at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, 130 miles northeast of Edgerton.

'I'm sure about a quarter of the town will make that trip to Whistling Straits,' Morrison said.