Steve Stricker withdraws, his father at hospital

Steve Stricker has withdrawn from the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, which closes the US senior elite season, after announcing his father had been taken to hospital

by Andrea Gussoni
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Steve Stricker withdraws, his father at hospital
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Steve Stricker has withdrawn from the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, which closes the US senior elite season, after announcing his father had been taken to hospital.

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“He is currently receiving treatment and it is important that I am there for my family during this difficult time”, these are the words of a Steve Stricker who has definitely not spared in recent months, in a press release published by the PGA Tour Champions on Wednesday.

Just a few months after being hospitalized for an inflammation of the heart, the leader of the Charles Schwab Cup must now skip the grand final of his circuit, to go to the bedside of his sick father. Stricker was due to arrive at the end of the day Wednesday to start the first round this Thursday in Phoenix, venue for the grand final of the American senior tour.

He, who had already made sure of winning the order of merit two weeks ago already after a successful season, had not participated in the first two playoff tournaments either. Steve Stricker has withdrawn from the @SchwabCupFinale.

“My father was admitted to the hospital on Monday afternoon. He is currently receiving care and it is important that I am here for my family during this challenging time". The Phoenix Country Club this week was however prepared to welcome the six-time winner this season with great fanfare (add to that 15 top 10s in 16 events in 2023).

But his immense lead was still enough to offer him the title without playing in the final. The Wisconsin player thus becoming the third player in the history of the circuit to win the title before the final. Stricker has earned $3.9 million on the course this season.

His withdrawal means he will not receive any money this week, which will prevent him from becoming the first to earn $4 million in a season on the Champions Tour. After studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from which he graduated in 1990, he immediately turned professional and immediately made his debut on the PGA Tour.

He had to wait until 1996 to obtain his first title on the circuit, then a second during the same season. In 2001, he won the Accenture Match Play Championship played in match play format. He then had to wait until 2007 to return to victory. His best result in a grand slam tournament was a second place at the 1998 USPGA, beaten by Fijian Vijay Singh.

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