(born February 23, 1967) is an American professional golfer
who plays on the PGA Tour
. He has won 11 tournaments on the PGA Tour including the 2001 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
and two FedEx Cup
playoff events. His most successful season on tour came in 2009, when he had three tournament victories and finished second on the money list. He has ranked as high as No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking
Stricker was born in Edgerton, Wisconsin
. He grew up playing golf at both Lake Ripley Country Club in nearby Cambridge
and at the Edgerton Towne Country Club in Edgerton.
A 1990 graduate of the University of Illinois
, Stricker turned professional in 1990, and began his career on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour
, where he won two tournaments.
He first joined the PGA Tour in 1994. His first success at the top level came in 1996, when Stricker notched two victories (Kemper Open
, Motorola Western Open
) and seven top ten finishes on his way to finishing fourth on the 1996 PGA Tour money list.
In 1998, Steve Stricker played himself into contention in the final round of the PGA Championship
at Sahalee Country Club
in Redmond, Washington
. Thanks to a back-nine surge, PGA Tour veteran Vijay Singh
bested Stricker down the stretch and claimed a two-stroke victory. This runner-up finish remains... Read More