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Stricker and Woods: Still PrezCup's dynamic duo?

Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:59 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The top-ranked player competing at the Presidents Cup will be arriving to play with a sizeable chunk of competitive rust to shake off.

World No. 4 Steve Stricker, who has paired with great success alongside former world No. 1 Tiger Woods at the last two international cup competitions, still plans to play in Australia next month, but hasn't entered any tournaments beforehand and doesn't expect to.

Stricker’s manager, Jon Heaton of IMG, said the recuperating 44-year-old doesn’t plan to play before the event, set for Nov. 17-20 in Melbourne. Most of the American team will play in the Australian Open or enter the European Tour event in Singapore the week before.

Stricker hadn’t played since the Tour Championship because of a problem with a bulging disc in his neck that prompted a withdrawal a week earlier from the BMW Championship, both staged in mid-September. He has been receiving therapy at his home in Wisconsin and affirmed that he intends to play in Melbourne.

In lieu of tournament action, Stricker plans to work on his game in Arizona before heading to Australia before the matches. Woods, a hugely controversial captain's pick and Stricker's supposed playing partner for the matches, has played once since missing the cut at the PGA Championship, finishing 30th, but is entered in the Aussie Open.

So, wither the Dream Team's fate? The duo was a combined 5-1-1 at the last two Presidents and Ryder matches.


Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 5:04 pm

Stricker and Woods: Still PrezCup's dynamic duo?

2 golfers playing together that haven played much at all in the last 6 mos. one has physical problems, the other has mental problems. dont see how they are going to be real sharp.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2011 4:43 pm

Stricker and Woods: Still PrezCup's dynamic duo?

Stricker needs to play next month! With Stricker their Tiger will be just fine. This pairing should do well, as usual.
Tiger won't have to worry about driving in the fairway every hole which has been his biggest problem. So he can go after pins and make putt.
These two like playing together and it should be fun to watch. I think they beat any two they play against.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 5:58 pm

Stricker and Woods: Still PrezCup's dynamic duo?

Yuck.  I hope they don't smell like anaesthetic and biofreeze by the time they tee off.  
Hopefully, both will play well enough to win.  Stricker deserved better than what he got this year, and the US Tour needs Tiger to regain form until somebody, anybody, among the "young lions," can step up and become a dominant player.  I really wish we could see about three or four of the younger players step up and become perennial threats to win majors.

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