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July 11 2012

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Stricker aims for a piece of history

Young Tom Morris. Walter Hagen. Gene Sarazen. Tiger Woods. Steve Stricker?
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By the end of this week, Stricker might just join the exclusive list of golfers who have won the same tournament four consecutive times. He’s won the John Deere Classic the last three years and enter Thursday’s first round with a shot at history. Just how much is he thinking about it? “I know the four guys that have done it, and it's a pretty rare thing in our sport,” Stricker said Wednesday. “But I haven't thought about it, you know, a tremendous amount of time.” Obviously, TPC Deere Run is a track that suits Stricker’s game and eye. He noted that he has a lot of good vibes on the course and “that’s always worth a shot here or there.” But he also knows that winning four straight will be extremely difficult. He may be the favorite entering the tournament but the odds really aren’t in his favor. After all, there’s a reason why only one player has achieved that feat in the last 80 years. It is, in his own words, a “big challenge.” “There's probably a little more on the line here, you know, trying to become a player that's won a tournament four times,” Stricker said, “but I actually feel somewhat relaxed, although excited, and still nervous energy.” And as far as making history? “Really I haven't thought about it,” he said. “I'm not one of those guys who really looks ahead.  I kind of try to stay as close to the present moment as I can, I guess, in the golf game at least, and try to take one thing at a time. So I really don't look ahead too much. “But it should be fun.” Will he do it? Will Stricker join Young Tom, Hagen, Sarazen and Tiger? Give us your prediction.  
WINNING FOUR STRAIGHT
Player Tournament Consecutive years won
Young Tom Morris British Open 1868, 1869, 1870, 1872 (*tournament not held in 1871)
Walter Hagen PGA Championship 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927
Gene Sarazen Miami Open 1926, 1928, 1929, 1930 (*no tournament in calendar year 1927 after switch from December to January)
Tiger Woods Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Tiger Woods Farmers Insurance Open 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
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