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Stricker riding strong wave of support

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Steve Stricker was moved by the standing ovation he received on the first tee before his start Thursday at the PGA Championship.

Stricker’s following is as raucous as anyone’s at Whistling Straits. Stricker, ranked No. 4 in the world, is bidding to win his first major in his home state. He and Jerry Kelly are the only state residents in the championship.

“It was pretty cool,” Stricker said of his welcome. “That got me a little bit.

“You want to get out there with a good start. You don’t want to duck hook one or get into trouble right away. Fortunately, I got off to a good start and hit a lot of good quality shots early in the round and all day, really.” 

Stricker striped his first drive and reeled off 12 consecutive pars before making a birdie in his final hole before the horn blew, suspending play with darkness falling.

Stricker will resume his suspended round at 7 a.m. (CT) Friday. He is among the 78 players who were unable to finish their rounds.