Stricker has outside chance of winning green jacket
Saturday, April 13, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Semi-retired, Steve Stricker, who is playing some of the best golf of his career and with one round left at the 77th Masters, has an outside chance of slipping on a green jacket.
It's only outside because the Wisconsin native made a double-bogey mistake on the 18th hole, dropping him from 4-under to 2-under. He's five shots out of the lead of Brandt Snedeker and 2009 Masters champion Angel Cabrera.
“I definitely felt like I was in this tournament when I got to 4,” Stricker said after a third round 71. “I'm really kicking myself. It's too bad. I could have used a par on the last and maybe only been two back.”
Playing in his 13th Masters, the 46-year-old is aware of the difficulties and pitfalls that you face at Augusta National and has struggled effectively dealing with them.
With only one top 10, a sixth-place showing in 2009, Stricker has not broken 70 since 2009 when he had two rounds in the 60s.
Stricker, who has never broken 70 in the final round, is 6 over for his seven Sundays.
The week didn’t look very promising when he made the turn at 4 over, but Stricker finished with a 3-under 33 on the back nine and is 6 under since teeing off at No. 10 Thursday.
“I just started hitting some better shots,” Stricker said of how he turned it around. “I really wasn't thinking or executing any of the shots in the first round very well. I was thinking poorly. I didn't commit to my shots. And then I started stringing some shots together, started getting some confidence.”
Now Stricker will have to summon up everything he has to catch Snedeker and Cabrera if he wants to capture the first major of his waning career.
“There's going to be a lot of guys in the mix tomorrow, but I wish I was at 4.”