Steve Stricker: Won't be a regular feature on the PGA Tour this season
Steve Stricker has confirmed he is heading into 'semi-retirement' ahead of the defence of his Hyundai Tournament of Champions title in Hawaii.Stricker, 46, intimated at quitting for good at the end of last year but revealed in a press conference at Kapalua that he had come up with a compromise that will see him play a limited schedule.The season-opening PGA Tour event will be his last until the end of February (World Match Play), and he will only play selected tournaments to get ready for the majors along with the John Deere Classic, once his home event in Wisconsin before moving to Chicago.Stricker said he has also restructured his endorsement deals because he is playing less, and he plans to do more personal days with clients."I've proved to myself I could come back," said Stricker, once mired in a slump so severe he was voted PGA Tour comeback player two years in a row."I had a great run the last six years. I think it's just the travel, the time away. When I get home, I'm not there. I'm focused on where I go next."When I do something, I'm in it. I've had enough of being totally focused on golf and my life. And I wanted to not have it be about me anymore."I'm excited about the year because I finally made this decision to scale back,""You know me. I've been this way since Day One. I've never played a lot. I enjoy my time at home, and I've tossed around this idea with my family the last couple of years. Finally making a decision to scale back has lifted a little bit of a burden from me. I'm just as excited to play this week as I've ever been."I've accomplished a lot of things. I proved to myself I can come back from where I was and I played great for an extended period of time."The major thing is missing, but that's not hugely important to me. I don't have to win a major. Obviously, I'd love to. But it's not going to define who I am. It's all good. I feel like I'm doing this for the right reason."