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September 15 2012

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FedExCup preview: Steve Stricker

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The top 30 in FedExCup points are headed to East Lake for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Here’s a look at Steve Stricker, one of the 30 players who will contend for the FedExCup title.

SCENARIOS TO WIN FEDEXCUP: For Stricker to win the FedExCup, he MUST win the TOUR Championship and have the following scenarios fall into place:
> Rory McIlroy (No. 1) must finish eighth or worse
> Tiger Woods (No. 2) finishes T-4 or worse.
> Nick Watney No. 3) must finish fourth or worse
> Phil Mickelson (No. 4) and Brandt Snedeker (No. 5) must finish third or worse
> *Tie for the FedExCup
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SEASON IN REVIEW: The PGA TOUR's Mr. September found the first month of the year to his liking when he won the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He also has a tie for second at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational among his seven top-10s this season. Interestingly, the veteran has yet to contend in the Playoffs, where he has been so solid in the past (hence, the nickname) but U.S. Captain Davis Love III valued his experience so much he picked Stricker for his Ryder Cup team. -- Helen Ross

PATH TO TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Here’s a look at Stricker’s results in the first three events of the 2012 FedExCup Playoffs:
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Tournament
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Tournament finish

T-54th

T-13th

T-26th

FEC ranking after event

16th

10th

13th

PREVIOUS FEDEXCUP FINISHES: Here is how Stricker has finished in previous Playoffs appearances:

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2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

FedExCup finish

18th

7th

3rd

14th

2nd

EAST LAKE HISTORY: This will be Stricker’s ninth trip to East Lake. Three times he’s finished in the top 6. Only one of those, however, has come since 2007. Stricker finished 15th last year and 25th the year before.

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Fred Albers, on-course correspondent for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, provides a quick look at Stricker:
I think the public has a misconception about Steve; they think his "nice guy" image is his demeanor on the course. It's not.  Stricker is the most accommodating man on TOUR but also one of the more intense competitors. There is fire in the belly, and Stricker gets flat out mad during a round of golf. I don't think we've seen his best stuff the entire year, but we could at East Lake.

WATCH: Stricker wins the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions

PLAYER PAGE: Click here for more on Steve Stricker

Now it’s your turn. How do you think Stricker will fare at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola?

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