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Steve and Nicki Stricker walk up the ninth fairway on Friday.

If Steve Stricker hadn't won so much of their money to begin with, his fellow golfers on the PGA Tour Champions might put the joking aside, pass the hat and take up a collection to keep the Madison golfer on the regular PGA Tour.

Could you imagine if Stricker played the senior circuit full time?

His average paycheck in just seven starts on the PGA Tour Champions in 2018 was a whopping $170,000. His closest challenger in that category was Charles Schwab Cup champ Bernhard Langer, who averaged $92,590 in 24 starts.

Stricker won three times, was a runner-up twice and finished third once in seven starts on the over-50 tour in 2018. The only time he finished outside of the top three came in April at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf where he teamed with fellow Madison golfer Jerry Kelly to finish tied for fifth.

Stricker's year also included 12 starts on the regular PGA Tour where he made nine cuts and turned in four top-25 finishes. His showing on the two tours ranked as the No. 2 story in Wisconsin.Golf staff-chosen top 18 of 2018.

After a second-place showing at the Chubb Classic in Naples, Florida, to open the year, Stricker won the Cologuard Classic and the Rapiscan Systems Classic in consecutive starts on the PGA Tour Champions during March. He went three months without playing on the senior circuit after his third-place finish at the American Family Insurance Championship, which he hosts, and then won the inaugural Stanford international in South Dakota, in his only post-Labor Day start out of respect for tournament host and fellow Madisonian Andy North.

It was a solid year off the golf course for Stricker, too.

His Am Fam Championship raised more than $2 million for charities and his daughter Bobbi, a University of Wisconsin golfer, won the Badger Mutual Insurance Women's Amateur to earn her first Symetra Tour start.