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December 16 2012

12:11 PM

No. 21: Steve Stricker

 

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2013 PREVIEW: That disheartening Ryder Cup performance notwithstanding, the 2012 season was another good one for Steve Stricker, who picked up his 12th PGA TOUR win and posted seven total top-10s. He'll be looking to win at least once for fifth straight year in 2013, and he has an enviable record owning sole possession of the 54-hole lead -- Stricker is 7 for 7 in that position.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: The bookends to Stricker's 2012 season were decidedly different -- the elation of a win in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and his obvious distress as Martin Kaymer holed the putt that clinched the Ryder Cup for Europe during their Singles match. More than two months later at the World Challenge, Stricker, who went 0-4 at the Ryder Cup, said that loss "still lingers" but another New Year's in Hawaii could alter his outlook. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Steve is one of the great wedge players in the world, now he has to regain his putting form after being frustrated with his putting in the second half of the season. I think he may understand his strengths and weaknesses better than any player on TOUR and has the discipline to play to his strengths. Steve is excellent at course management. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: While pocketing north of $3.4 million is stout, the 12-time PGATOUR winner suffered his third consecutive hit at the bank. And since he'll turn 46 in February, he's still not on sale in salary formats, but all other games should continue to ride this hoss. He's missed only one cut in his last 61 starts. We miss his days of a busier schedule, but his reorganization has allowed for greater staying power, and therefore just a marginal decline across the board. Perfectly ranked in this feature. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert


2012 QUICK REVIEW

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Regular Season ranking
10th

Final Playoffs ranking
20th

Best finishes 1st
Hyundai Tournament of Champions
By the Numbers
Starts: 19
Cuts made: 18
Rounds played: 70
Top-10 finishes: 7
Money List rank: 18th
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 138th
Driving accuracy: 61st
Greens in regulation: 19th
Strokes gained-putting: 67th
Scoring average: 16th

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