At age 42, Madison's Steve Stricker was at his brilliant best, winning three times – the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, John Deere Classic and Deutsche Bank Classic – and finishing second on the PGA Tour money list, second in scoring average (69.286) and third in the FedEx Cup.
He also finished runner-up twice, had 11 top-10 finishes in 22 starts and tied for sixth at the Masters.
Incredibly, he never missed a putt of 3 feet or less all year, converting all 662 chances. And nobody had a better wedge game – Stricker led the tour in scrambling and in proximity on approach shots from 50 to 125 yards (14 feet 10 inches).
At the Presidents Cup in October, a red-hot Stricker and Tiger Woods formed an unbeatable team, going 4-0 with resounding victories over Ryo Ishikawa and Geoff Ogilvy (6 and 4), Angel Cabrera and Ogilvy (5 and 3) and Ishikawa and Y.E. Yang (4 and 2).