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Golf: Age no barrier for Stricker and Furyk

All the talk going into the 78th Masters has been about the record number of rookies taking part and a perceived changing of the guard, but for two gnarled veterans of Augusta National, hope springs eternal. Steve Stricker, who is 47 and Jim Furyk, who is four years younger, have played a total of 30 Masters between them and have seldom been in the mix come the back nine on Sunday. Stricker's best finish was a sixth place in 2009, while Furyk can claim only two fourth places in 1998 and 2003

Less is more approach paying dividends for Stricker

By Tony Jimenez AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Most of the 97-strong field with designs on sporting the coveted Green Jacket are keen on playing their way into tip-top shape ahead of this week's Masters but Steve Stricker almost takes the opposite approach. The world number 15 is an advocate of less is more as far as tournament action is concerned and has only featured on the PGA Tour three times this year, his best effort being a tie for 24th in the Houston Open on Sunday.

Stricker thankful to stay dry on rainy day

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) - Steve Stricker thanked his lucky stars he was one of 22 players who did not have to tee off in Sunday's rain-hit final round of the BMW Championship before play was suspended for the day. Torrential downpours at Conway Farms Golf Club forced play to be halted twice in the PGA Tour's penultimate FedExCup playoff event, after the early starters had to contend with a saturated course in cold and wet conditions.

Part-time strategy works well for Tour veteran Stricker

(Reuters) - Like a connoisseur of fine wines, Steve Stricker prefers quality to quantity and his decision earlier this year to cut back on his PGA Tour schedule seems to have been a master-stroke by the veteran American. He has recorded four top-10s in only seven starts on the U.S. circuit and is among the pre-tournament favorites for this week's John Deere Classic at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois, where he is a three-times former champion.

Golf: Oldie but goodie Stricker eyes major breakthrough

Steve Stricker would become the oldest champion in US Open history and the second-oldest in major golf history if he can pull off his first major title on Sunday at the US Open. The 46-year-old American fired a par 70 in Saturday's third round at Merion to stand on level par 210, sharing second with Hunter Mahan and Charl Schwartzel but only one stroke behind four-time major winner Phil Mickelson.

Golf: Cold comfort for Stricker ahead of Masters

Steve Stricker is hoping he can come in from the cold this week to finally get to grips with Augusta National, a course he says has overwhelmed him in the past. The 46-year-old "quiet man" of US golf has played in 12 Masters and has just a tie for sixth place in 2009 to show for it. Last year was typical when he could only tie for 47th. This year, though, Stricker has decided to drastically cut back on his schedule and, instead of playing in the week before the year's first major, he spent the time at home up north in Madison, Wisconsin, where winter still has a grip.

Golf-Stricker's generosity helps Tiger to victory

By Simon Evans MIAMI, March 10 (Reuters) - Steve Stricker could be forgiven for regretting he helped Tiger Woods with his putting before the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but after losing to him by two shots on Sunday, Stricker said he simply did what golfing buddies do. Woods had been unhappy with his putting at the Honda Classic last week, complaining of his inability to find the touch he had displayed in his January victory at Torrey Pines. But a 45-minute session with leading putter Stricker put that right.

Golf: Woods claims WGC-Cadillac Championship

Tiger Woods captured the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the Blue Monster course Sunday with a closing round of one-under 71 for a two-shot victory over runner-up Steve Stricker. Woods earned his 76th career PGA Tour win and posted his second victory of the year as he steps up his game ahead of the upcoming Masters tournament in April. Woods sank his final putt, picked up the ball and put it in his right pocket and then waved his black cap to the crowd on No. 18.

Golf-Tiger gets by with a little help from his friend

By Simon Evans MIAMI, March 7 (Reuters) - Tiger Woods's sharp putting helped him to a share of the five-way lead at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Thursday after he got lessons on the practice green from one of his opponents. Woods worked with Steve Stricker, one of the game's best putters, for over an hour on Wednesday and it clearly worked as he shot a six-under 66 at Doral, with just 23 putts in his round, including a 38-footer for birdie on the fourth hole.
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