Stricker Wins Over Media

3 01 2011

Steve Stricker is widely known as “the nicest guy in golf.” Now, the two-time John Deere Classic defending champion has received an award underscoring that fact from an unusually tough audience.

The Golf Writers Association of America has voted Stricker its annual ASAP Sports/Jim Murray Award, which recognizes a golfer for cooperation, quote-ability, and accommodation with the media.

In a news release issued Monday, the GWAA called Stricker – the world’s No. 7-ranked golfer – one of the PGA TOUR’s more accessible players. “He has been open and honest about his career during the tough years and the good ones,” according to the release.

Stricker, 43, never ducked the media during those “tough years” from 2004-05 during which lost both his golf game and his playing status on the PGA TOUR. Likewise, when the Wisconsin native and current resident won back-to-back Comeback Player of the Year Awards in 2006 and ’07, he again always had time for enquiring media minds.

Stricker will receive his award April 6 at the Annual GWAA Awards Dinner, which takes place on the eve of The Masters Tournament outside Augusta, Ga. The award memorializes Jim Murray, the late great Los Angeles Times sports columnist and golf lover. ASAP Sports is a sports event transcription service that sponsors the award.

Among other honorees at this year’s dinner are GWAA Players of the Year Graeme McDowell, Yani Tseng, and Bernhard Langer.

Stricker won back-to-back John Deere Classics in 2009-10. He goes for the three-peat July 7-10 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

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