HONOLULU, HAWAII | Steve Stricker is hearing voices.
He has been for a while.
In one ear, he’s hearing friends and colleagues tell him it’s time to concentrate fully on the PGA Tour Champions. He’ll turn 52 in February and there’s guaranteed money playing against his peers, not to mention no cuts and free carts.
In the other ear, he’s being urged to play the PGA Tour as long as he can. Pick his spots. Play where it fits his game. Follow the path of Davis Love III and Vijay Singh.
The reality, for Stricker anyway, is there are no wrong answers.
“I talked to Tom Kite at the Ryder Cup this last year about my position a little bit. Everybody has been different. He gave me the idea like I should be on the Champions tour. Take advantage of this opportunity. You have a short window, all this kind of stuff. I'm like, yeah, you know what? You're right,” Stricker said.
“Then you talk to somebody else and they say, the number of years are winding down for you on the regular tour. Stay out there as long as you can. Enjoy the tournaments. I'm like, you know, you're right.
“I don't know which way to go still. I think bottom line is I'm just doing what I feel like doing.”
That’s why Stricker showed up at the Sony Open in Hawaii, taking advantage of his one-year Tour exemption by virtue of his place among the top 25 career money winners. It doesn’t hurt that the Champions tour starts its 2019 season this week a couple of islands over but Stricker’s intention is to pla...
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