Stricker says chances at winning major dwindling

Steve Stricker saw what it takes to win the U.S. Open the last

time it was played at The Olympic Club.

Now he gets to see if he has what it takes to win a major.

Stricker tied for fifth at Olympic in 1998 and is a bit

nostalgic about that final round he played with Lee Janzen, who

went on to win the U.S. Open. Most vivid was Janzen’s tee shot

getting stuck in a tree on the fifth hole, and then falling out as

Janzen was on his way back to the tee to play his third shot.

It wasn’t long before Stricker went into a tailspin and lost his

U.S. PGA Tour card. His return was so remarkable that he’s the only

player to be voted U.S. tour comeback player of the year in

consecutive seasons. He has reached as high as No. 2 in the world.

He picked up his 12th victory at Kapalua to start this year.

But at age 45, time is running out on Stricker validating a

strong career with a major.