By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Steve Stricker made it known early in the year that he would not be playing the British Open. He’s played a limited schedule in 2013 in order to spend more time at home, and the Open was one of the events he pared from his docket.
He’s not skipping the British Open just to avoid the lengthy travel, but also to celebrate his wedding anniversary with his wife, Nicki. They’ve planned a vacation to northern Wisconsin next week while the golf world is focused on Muirfield.
Stricker said he had “a little apprehension” about skipping the British Open, where he’s finished in the top 25 in four of his past six appearances, including three top-12 finishes.
“I’ve played in a lot of majors, consecutive majors over the last six or seven years,” he said, “and to not go over there, it will sting a little bit when I’m watching it on TV. But we are going to be in a better place. … We’ll be doing some fun things. So my mind will get off that rather quickly. But for a guy who has not won a major and is trying to win one still, that’s probably not the best way to go about it, but that’s the way I made up my mind earlier in the year, and (I’m) sticking with it.”
Stricker is 20th in the FedExCup standings despite playing just seven events thus far. He played well in the year's first two majors, finishing 20th in the Masters and eighth at the U.S. Open.