STRICKER’S STELLAR PLAY GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION

26 03 2010

Jeff Shain, golf writer for the Orlando Sentinel, says 2009 John Deere Classic champion Steve Stricker has noticed his opinions carry a lot more weight these days now that he’s the No. 2-ranked player in the world and the No. 1 active player – at least until Tiger Woods’ return at the Masters.

Stricker wasn’t so smart when he was ranked 337th.

“It’s amazing how good golf transpires into being a smarter person,” Stricker said recently, after patiently answering another round of questions about the absence of a certain scandal-riddled colleague.

Usually, it’s Woods whose opinion media solicit when it comes to golf issues. Now, Woods is the issue.

“It’s weird, but it’s part of the territory,” Stricker said of his newfound status. “But I’d heard it from guys a generation older than me — all of a sudden you become this great player and now your opinion matters.”

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