A new champion at Memorial starts this week’s What It Means:
1) Steve Stricker notched his 10th career PGA Tour win today at the Memorial Tournament. He had a lead as big as six at one point on Saturday, but it only wound up being a one stroke victory — one he needed to gut out with clutch par putts on 16 and 17.
But the highlights came on Friday, when he made an ace at #8 to shoot 30 on his final nine and then on Saturday when he holed out for eagle on #2 in route to a front 9 of 31. When Steve Stricker is on he can go low and win anything, and if he puts it together at the right time in a major, watch out, he could certainly contend in a couple and maybe win one or two.
2) Matt Kuchar is a really, really steady golfer. The guy is a Top-10 machine. His second place finish this week is his seventh top-10 of 2011, coming off a 2010 season where he had 11. The guy will most certainly contend in a major one of these days and I really do think he can win one. All the swing changes he made have come to fruition as he is now arguably the most steady golfer on the planet, and it is certainly helping his bottom line, as he has now nearly $15 million in career earnings.
3) Tiger Woods did not play the Memorial. He told Jack Nicklaus he’s not sure if he can play the United States Open Championship in two weeks. Are we going to see a repeat of The Players where he WD’s after 9 holes? Or will we see a 2008 where he wins the Open off no practice? Only time will tell but I can guarantee you one thing: a whole lot of people will be watching.
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Written by Jeremy Schilling
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