Steve and Izzi Stricker will play at the PNC Championship due to a rule change

"I don’t even know what the rules are, who gets invited, right?"- Steve said

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Steve and Izzi Stricker will play at the PNC Championship due to a rule change
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Steve Stricker didn't think he'd get to play in the PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club because he hadn't won any of the big tournaments needed for an invite. Steve Stricker is happy to have the opportunity to play in this competition. Happiness is even greater when you get an unexpected call.

“So we never thought, at least I didn’t, we’d have the opportunity to play here. So it’s actually a blessing and a surprise that we’re here,” Stricker said, as quoted by golfweek.usatoday.com!

Tournament founder Alastair Johnston decided to break the rules.

“I’m not denying it, I did it. As I told a couple of players who will remain nameless, I’m in charge so eat it!” Johnston said.

Steve Stricker: Joe T. mentioned that they were trying to maybe change the rules

Stricker revealed that he received an invitation from PGA Tour Champions rules official Joe Terry to play in this event a long time ago. He does not know the rules of this competition at all, nor does he know the process. For him, the most important thing is that he will have the opportunity to play at the PNC Championship.

“Joe T. mentioned that they were trying to maybe change the rules, get us in — I don’t even know what the rules are, who gets invited, right? That’s kind of a mystery to me. So Joe T. put it in my ear a couple years ago, and he asked if we would play. I’m like, ‘Well, yeah, most definitely we’ll play if we have the opportunity."- Stricker said.

Stricker waited for some time, but there was no call. However, two months ago, he received an invitation to play at PNC through his brother/agent.

“He immediately called me because he knew how excited I was going to be,” Stricker said.

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