Steve Stricker will miss this year’s Open Championshio at Muirfield next week to spend time with his wife for their 20th wedding anniversary.
As Yahoo Sports! notes, Stricker vowed at the beginning of this season that he would only play in 10 tournaments to spend quality time with his wife and family and devote some time to starting a youth charity venture. He will have already played in eight tournaments this year by the time the Open Championship begins. In addition, Stricker is not really good playing links golf. In 13 British Opens, Stricker, one of the game’s best putters, has never finished in the top-five.
The 46-year-old golfer who has won 12 times on the Tour made a run to almost become the oldest winner of a major at this year’s U.S. Open, but he would rather spend time with his wife than spend time at Muirfield chasing a major he may believe is unrealistic. He has been described as someone who is “wired differently from most” because he “gets as much pleasure taking his kids to school in Wisconsin as winning golf tournaments. He would rather spend his fall in a deer stand with a bow than on the practice green with his putter.”
South African Ernie Els is the defending British Open champion.