Stricker: Could have been worse

CHASKA, Minn. – Steve Stricker shot 2-over 74, but it could have been a lot worse according to the Wisconsin native who didn’t make a birdie on Thursday.

“You don’t want to kill yourself or hurt yourself,” Stricker said.

That sounds an awful lot like, you can’t win it on the first day, you can only lose it.

Seven shots back, Stricker is certainly not too far back, but he understands he will need to make a mini-charge on the morning greens on Friday and make at least one birdie.

“You think you’re going to luck one in and I didn’t,” Stricker said of his lack of birdies.

While surprised by that development of Thursday, Stricker was cool and calm about his chances considering he has only had two top-10s in 11 PGA appearances. In 1998, he finished second and in 2006 finished 7th, but only once has he opened a PGA with a round in the 60s (a 69 in 1998).

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