“Good question,” he said while contemplating it Saturday evening. “You know, maybe the Match Play, Deutsche Bank, maybe even being on The Ryder Cup teams. I look at those pretty highly, too, being a part of those winning teams.”
Perhaps he’ll think about it overnight, because Stricker may be about to add a 10th win to his resume that would be as impressive as any he’s earned before.
Through 54 holes, Stricker leads the Memorial Tournament by three strokes following rounds of 68-67-69. Despite the likes of Jonathan Byrd, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Jobe in pursuit, he remains in the driver’s seat for a sixth win since the beginning of 2009.
“This would rank right up there, no question,” Stricker said of a potential win here. “It's a great tournament. You know, it's Jack's tournament. I've gotten to know Jack over the years. He was the captain of one of the Presidents Cup teams I was on. Played against his son Gary in college.
“So he's a friend, greatest player of all-time, and to win his tournament would be pretty special.”
If Stricker is to prevail on Sunday, he will need to overcome an affliction of poor final-round performances so far this season.
“My final round scoring average this year I know hasn't been too good, so hopefully I can erase that tomorrow and put up a good one,” he said. “I don't know why. No idea. Because the first three rounds are sub-70, and then that final round is 71. I've just had some poor final round showings, and I don't know why.”