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    • PLAYER UPDATE - November 2, 2009


    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Steve Stricker has enjoyed a career-year in 2009 - a stretch of success that includes three PGA Tour victories and a place on the winning U.S. Presidents Cup team for the No. 3 ranked player in the world.

    And now, Stricker puts the finishing touches on his great year by competing in the $5.75 million Chevron World Challenge, Dec. 2-6, at Sherwood Country Club. The elite, 18-player event is hosted by Tiger Woods, who teamed with Stricker to win all four matches at the Presidents Cup, and benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.

    Stricker's best year as a pro started rolling when he won in a playoff at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. He won again at the John Deere and then also at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Stricker's three victories ranked second behind Woods, who had six. His $6.3 million in earnings is the best in Stricker's 16-year career.

    Stricker, who was second to Vijay Singh in last year's Chevron World Challenge, said he played better this year because of his improved swing.

    "My misses have been better," he said. "I'm driving more consistently.  And I think I just understand my swing a lot better than what I used to."

    Tickets for the Chevron World Challenge are on sale now by phone at 800.594.TIXX or at online The Weekly Ticket Book ($100), the best admission value, provides individual grounds tickets for each day (Wed., Dec. 2 - Sun., Dec. 6), and free general admission parking. Daily Gallery Passes, which provide entrance to the tournament grounds, are $30 per day on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, and $40 per day on Saturday and Sunday. Daily Youth Tickets (ages 13-17) are $10 per day, while children 12 and under are admitted free if accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per paid adult).

    All general admission parking is free, and complimentary pairings guides are available daily on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information visit

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