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Stricker Keeping His Options Open

Steve Stricker played his way to a surprise birth on the Presidents Cup team in 2013. (Chris Keane, Reuters/Action Images)
Steve Stricker played his way to a spot on the Presidents Cup team in 2013.
(Chris Keane, Reuters/Action Images)

Steve Stricker hadn’t planned to play in the Greenbrier Classic this week and he’s virtually certain he won’t make the trip to the Open Championship in two weeks.

But Stricker is leaving his options open.


Remember last year when he wasn’t going to play the Tour Championship at the end of the year but he did and he wound up on the Presidents Cup team?

That’s not to say Stricker is likely to play his way onto the Ryder Cup team this year but he’s 40th on the list with the weeks to qualify beginning to slip away.

“I’m leaning on not going (to the Open Championship),” Stricker said before shooting a first-round 66 at the Greenbrier. “That is my gut instinct right now. It will be a last-minute decision probably. See how I play this week and next week (at the John Deere Classic) to some extent. But I’m leaning on not going at this time.”

Stricker said if he plays well these next two weeks, he will make the trip to Hoylake because of the opportunity to move up on the Ryder Cup list.

“If I do something really special here this week or next week and get a lot more points, then I would probably go,” Stricker said.

Stricker’s wife, Nicki, is his caddie at the Greenbrier, continuing a family tradition of working with her husband one week a year. She caddied for Stricker through 2001 and still gets out once a year.

“It’s nice to do it once in a while,” Stricker said.

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