Steve Stricker, a part-time resident of Naples, loses the beginning of this sentence.
Stricker has sold his house in Quail West and is preparing to find a new home, likely somewhere else in Florida, he said Thursday ahead of the SERVPRO-presented Pro-Am of the Chubb Classic.
“It’s been a crazy week,” he said. “We have to get out quickly, so I balance playing and packing.
“But excited to be here. It’s a special place for us. We had a lot of great times here in Naples and at the (QBE) shootout, and now we can play here in Tiburón Chubb.”
The 54-year-old Stricker said the sale was quick and he’s trying to figure out where to add a second home besides his home base in Wisconsin.
“I don’t know, I’m not sure where we’re going, but we’re out of here for a while,” he said. “Probably somewhere else in Florida. Maybe somewhere in the center of the state.
“But right now we’re just kind of – it went so quickly. The market is good. You have to take advantage of the market at the time and it’s really good down here. But we’ll miss it.” . “
Stricker is focused on his game for this week’s Chubb Classic – he finished second in 2018 and eleventh in 2019. Since the beginning of 2021 he has made four out of six cuts on the PGA Tour and ended up in the top three in his lone race in the PGA Tour Champions Tournament.
“I’m excited about where my game is,” said Stricker. “I played well. I played some nice events on the tour.”
“If I could have done a couple of putts, I could have been a little more, but my game is – it was good. I had three weeks off so I’m ready and ready to go this week.” “”
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Stricker still needs to keep an eye on what’s going on with the PGA Tour, however. The Ryder Cup is set to take place on Whistling Straits, Wisconsin in just over five months. Stricker, the team captain, said he would look back at the course next week.
“I’m watching,” said Stricker about the tour. “Just a lot of the things – the little things we did last year (before the coronavirus pandemic pushed the Ryder Cup off to 2021) so we had plenty of time for that.
“Right now it’s just about watching the guys and when I go out there and play I try to see them, talk to them, play a practice round with them. But just be there and watch a lot of golf. “
There’s a new player who got a lot of attention during the Masters last week. Will Zalatoris finished second, one behind Hideki Matsuyama.
The 23-year-old won the US Junior Amateur in 2014 and was ACC Player of the Year in the Wake Forest in 2017. He qualified for the US Open last year and finished sixth.
“I contacted him a few days ago to tell him how impressed I was with his game,” said Stricker from Zalatoris, who moved up to 23rd on the Ryder Cup scoreboard. “I’ve never met the boy. Seems like a wonderful guy and obviously played great so we’ll meet somewhere on the street and try to get to know and see him – see his game up close.”
Stricker will have six captain picks – half of the 12-person team that will be announced after the second FedEx Cup playoff event in late August. The games will take place from September 24th to 26th.
Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele are in the top six qualifying spots this week. Patrick Reed, Tony Finau, Webb Simpson, Daniel Berger, Jordan Spieth and Billy Horschel complete the top 12 on the points table, although Stricker can go outside the top 12 to make a selection.
Stricker played with Berger in the QBE Shootout in December and finished ninth in the 12-team field.
Stricker will be watching his daughter Bobbi, who plays for Wisconsin, at the Big Ten championship next week and then play at the PGA Tour Valspar championship near Tampa to give him one more opportunity to meet the Tour players in person to observe. Bobbi Stricker helped out at both the CME Group Tour Championship and the QBE Shootout in December.
Earlier look at the black: There are a handful of players on the field who have participated in the QBE Shootout, which has been held in Tiburón since 2001. In 2014, turf grass disease affected some of the greens on the club’s Gold Course. The shootout organizers had to do some diversions, and that meant using the top nine of the Black Course as part of the tournament course.
Mike Weir played in 2014 and remembered these holes during his Pro-Am round on Wednesday.
“I’ve seen some of them,” said Weir. “But (Tuesday) was the first time I’ve seen all of 18. It’s a good course. It’s a very good course. Challenging on the tee. It’s not as long as the other course, but it’s a real one good course. “
Weir played with Retief Goosen that year and they struggled and finished last in the 12-team field.
Stricker, Jerry Kelly and Scott Verplank also played that year. Jason Day and Cameron Tringale won the tournament.
In 2014, the Shootout Front Nine was Tiburon’s original south course, numbered 1-7 and 17 and 18 on the Norman-designed Black Course. The back nine started with gold no. 8, gold no. 9 and gold no. 11 as tournament no. 10, 11 and 12 and then took up the traditional last six holes for the shootout with gold no. 13-18.
TV staff: Bob Papa will play play-by-play for all three tournament rounds on the Golf Channel this weekend, along with former champions Lanny Wadkins as analyst, John Cook in the tower and Billy Ray Brown as analyst on the course.
The coverage will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, as well as on the Golf Channel from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm on Friday and from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Chip shots: The former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt, who lives in Naples, played in the Pro-Am with Pro Scott Verplank on Thursday. … Dakota and Phoenix Baker, two junior golfers who played in the Golf To Paradise-First Tee Champions Challenge this weekend, were in Scott McCarron’s group on Pro-Am Thursday. The bakers will play for The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia. … The two-person teams from 12 chapters across the country, including the Naples / Collier chapter, were due to receive a clinic from Champions Tour player Peter Jacobsen of Bonita Springs on Thursday afternoon. The three-day competition begins on Friday with all three rounds at the Quail Creek Country Club.
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Start times for the first round on Friday
at the Tiburón Golf Club, Black Course
No. 1 tea
7:45 am – Cameron Beckman, John Huston, Chris DiMarco
7:56 am – Loren Roberts, Steve Jones, Rod Pampling
8:07 am – Stephen Ames, Peter Jacobsen, Olin Browne
8:18 am – Scott Verplank, Jay Haas, Scott Dunlap
8:29 am – Gene Sauers, Jesper Parnevik, Jeff Sluman
8:40 a.m. – Corey Pavin, Brad Faxon, Fred Funk
8:51 a.m. – Scott Parel, Kevin Sutherland, Bernhard Langer
9:02 am – Retief Goosen, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Ernie Els
9:13 a.m. – Steve Stricker, Fred Couples, Mike Weir
9:24 am – Jose Maria Olazabal, Ian Woosnam, and Sandy Lyle
9:35 am – Jerry Kelly, David Toms, Billy Andrade
9:46 am – Vijay Singh, Scott McCarron, Darren Clarke
9:57 am – Tom Lehman, Joe Durant, Paul Goydos
10:08 am – Rocco Mediate, Marco Dawson, Steve Flesch
10:19 am – Colin Montgomerie, Kirk Triplett, Woody Austin
10:30 am – Jeff Maggert, Mark O’Meara, Brett Quigley
10:41 am – Glen Day, Ken Tanigawa, Lee Janzen
10:52 am – Paul Broadhurst, Wes Short Jr., Brandt Jobe
11:03 am – Tim Herron, Tommy Armor III, Billy Mayfair
11:14 am – Tom Pernice Jr., Doug Barron, Shane Bertsch
11:25 am – Tim Petrovic, Kent Jones, Ken Duke
11:36 am – David McKenzie, Duffy Waldorf, Scott Hoch
11:47 am – David Frost, Tom Byrum, Frank Lickliter II
11:58 am – Mark Brooks, Larry Mize, Robert Karlsson
12:09 p.m. – Michael Allen, John Harris, Alex Cejka
12:20 p.m. – Fran Quinn, Stephen Leaney, Tom Gillis
12:31 p.m. – Jesus Rivas, Robin Byrd, Craig Bowden
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