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Prior to the start of this year’s John Deere Classic Steve Stricker made the obligatory visits to the media room to talk about defending the championship he won in 2009. As always, the Stricker was his humble self, deferring any thought that a repeat win would be anywhere close to automatic.

“Yeah, it’s always exciting to come back to a place where you’ve had some success, and just driving in the gates and remembering some of the shots that happened down the stretch and the way the whole week played out last year is always fun to look back at and reflect on a little bit,” he said on Wednesday. But truly Stricker did not take much time for reflection; instead he got on with the business at hand right out of the gates.

The Wisconsin native might be modest when describing his skills, but those abilities take on a life of their own when he hits the first tee. It showed again this week as he dramatically took down the 2010 John Deere Classic in spectacular fashion.

Already having a very creditable year with a win at the Northern Trust Open and not having missed the cut in 11th 2010 PGA Tour appearances before this week, time off for a shoulder injury reduced Stricker to being a sleeper pick this week and he delivered in a less than slumbering style.

On Thursday, while he shot 60, he had to step aside as the attention fell on Paul Goydos, and his score of 59. As proud as Goydos was of his accomplishment he had the right perspective when asked what he thought of 12 under par score on day one. “I shoot 59 and I woke up and I was three back,” he said after his follow up round of 68 on Thursday.

At 15 under after two rounds very often a player would be in the driver’s seat at a PGA Tour event but that was not the case in Silvis, Illinois – in fact, it put Goydos one back of Stricker who fashioned a 2nd round 66.

At the time Goydos was happy to provide his observations on the soaring Stricker. “Well, he’s playing better than anybody this week, I think no question. His game is — he’s moved his game to that different plateau where when he plays mediocre he’s finishing in the Top 10, and when he plays well he’s got a chance to win…”

And win he did on Sunday as he added a third round 62 and closing 70 to complete a 258 week and an annihilation of the TPC at Deer Run. “It was a great week,” said Stricker after the trophy presentation. “There’s a lot of cool things that happened this week, and feel fortunate enough to be sitting right here, I’ll tell you that. It was a tough day today, and glad it worked out.”

This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event

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As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

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Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

Check out our photos from the event below!

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