Steve Stricker Wins The Memorial (Barely)
By mustang6560 on 6/6/11
With his win at The Memorial at Muirfield Village, Steve Stricker is now the highest ranked American golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings. He jumped from No. 8 to No. 4, one spot higher than Phil Mickelson.

Steve was in cruise control on Sunday. He opened with a bogey-free 30 on the front nine and was already eying his first victory of 2011. The tournament was in the bag - until a rain delay. For two hours, he had to sit on a three-stroke lead with five holes to play thinking about all the things that could go wrong.

Once play resumed, Steve stumbled to the finish. He played the last five holes two-over and barely managed to hang on for a one-stroke lead over Matt Kuchar and Brandt Jobe, both of whom shot a final round 65.
"It wasn't pretty," Stricker said to tournament host Jack Nicklaus walking off the 18th green.

. . .

"It was a little bit of a struggle since we came in from the rain delay," he said. "At that point, I was trying not to make a mistake. I hung tough, made a couple of crucial putts when I had to."
It might not have been pretty, but a win is a win nonetheless. It just shows you even the best golfers in the world struggle with the mental aspect of the game.

But the real storyline today is we are officially only one week away from the start of the U.S. Open at Congressional. The course is going to be brutal this year playing nearly 8,000 yards. Golf is fun watch, but it's at its best when all of the world's top players are vying for the same piece of metal on one of the hardest courses in the world. I can't wait!

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legitimatebeef says:
I like Steve Stricker. Easily the most unpretentious of the top players today. There is nothing outwardly interesting about his game but for some reason I like watching him play, probably because he's such a good wedge player and putter.
Banker85 says:
@beef: I agree, i think Steve is the best with a wedge and putter. He picks everything so clean.

I can't wait to watch the Pros struggle to break par at the US Open. 8,000 yards is crazy!
Envythepea says:
Steve's a classy low-key guy. What a show he put on playing the front nine this weekend--a hole-in-one, the eagles and birdies coming non-stop! His putting was amazing! It was cool to see and I'm happy he hung on for the win.
jrbizzle says:
To say Congressional will play "almost 8000 yards" is quite misleading. It's not 7900, it's not 7800, heck, it's not even 7700. It's just shy of 7600 depending on where they put the tees each day. Now, given it's a par 71, so I guess it "effectively" plays closer to 7700.

The difference between 8000 and 7700 yards is a little over 15 yards (one full club) per hole. Big difference.

It's not like they're teeing it up at Bro Hof Slott.
wrhall02 says:
Yeah, for Stricker. He is my favorite player these days. Nothing flashy, just a solid game. I think he is currently the best "get it out of trouble" player. He saves a lot of pars even when in the woods or bunkers. He is the polar opposite of Phil the thrill (when in trouble and deiciding what shot to use).
erickbelus says:
@jrbizzle - That Scandanavian Masters will be a fun one........
Banker85 says:
erickbelus says:
@jrbizzle - That Scandanavian Masters will be a fun one........

Ya i am sure everyone will be tuning in for that one.
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