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Tiger Woods knows how well Steve Stricker can play
Steve Stricker becomes a media darling whenever it is time to pick a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup team. Stricker has to be on the team to partner with Tiger Woods. Tiger likes to pair with Stricker because he knows just how good he really is.
Other than those times or when he is collecting one of his 12 PGA Tour wins, no one hears or reads anything about Stricker.
He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, which hardly has a climate conducive to year-round golf. He is another of those Midwestern born and bred guys who doesn't necessarily want or seek media attention.
He is happy toiling in relative obscurity.
But since winning the PGA Tour's Comeback Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007, Stricker has won nine events.
He won three titles in 2009, and twice in both 2010 and 2011. He won the first event of 2012 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
In addition, Stricker had 11 top-25 finishes in 19 starts in 2012. His 2012 earnings of $3.4 million brought his career winnings to $35 million, which ranks him No. 8 on the PGA Tour's All-Time money list.
Stricker is ranked No. 12 in the world, but he was the highest-ranked American player for more than a year in the Official World Golf Rankings.
He is one of the best putters on the tour and is a threat to win every single week.
His lack of a major title is the only thing that keeps him from superstardom and automatic entrance in the World Golf Hall of Fame.