Family First: Steve Stricker Withdraws from British Open

At 47 years old, Steve Stricker has seen and done more than most every will on the PGA Tour.

But staying committed to his promise to spend more time with his family is perhaps his greatest accomplishment.

Earlier this week, Stricker announced he will skip the British Open for a second straight year to spend time with his family rather than traveling overseas.

Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa is the benefactor of Stricker’s decision, taking over his place in the field. Ishikawa won a tournament in Japan last year to move up to No. 76 in the world, making him first alternate for the Open.

Now that he has moved up, England’s Ross Fisher is the next first alternate.

Stricker, who has 12 PGA wins to his credit over his 24-year career, announced at the beginning of the 2013 season that he would cut his schedule in half to spend more time with his family.

After playing 19 events in 2012, he dropped to 13 in 2013, and ended up having a better year, finishing in the Top 10 eight times  and racking up $4.4 million.

He hasn’t been as successful in 2014, playing eight tournaments and managing just one top 10 finish – sixth at The Memorial, but he has four other Top 25 finishes including 21st at the US Open and 13th at The PLAYERS.

Stricker recently finished 35th at the Greenbrier Classic, at which he had his wife act as his caddie.





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