PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Fifteen years after he first contended for a major, former Illini Steve Stricker has another chance in semi-retirement.
This will require quite a bit more work.
“I’m in a decent spot,” Stricker said after Saturday’s even-par 70 left him 4 shots behind Jim Furyk at the PGA Championship. “I’ve got a chance. That’s all I can ask for, I guess.”
Stricker has played sparingly this year, even skipping the British Open as he tries to spend more time with his wife and two children. He’s still among the top players in the game, and the most dangerous on the greens.
“There’s a lot of great players up there on top,” he said. “Furyk is obviously playing well. Adam Scott is up there. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Just have to be patient and go out there and hopefully get off to a good start and get righ in the mix real early.”
Stricker shared the 54-hole lead at Sahalee in the 1998 PGA Championship and was runner-up by 2 shots.
He is one of three former Illini to make the cut.
Luke Guthrie posted his best round of the tournament Saturday, firing a 69 after shooting 71 in each of the first two rounds. He’s 10 shots behind Furyk, tied for 28th.
D.A. Points is tied for 52nd, 14 shots off the pace after Saturday’s 72.