Stricker WDs from Schwab Cup finale because of family emergency

Steve Stricker has already secured the 2021 Charles Schwab Cup, the PGA Tour Champions’ season-long points race.

However, Stricker announced on Wednesday afternoon that he will not be participating in this week’s season finale, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, due to a family emergency, leading to his withdrawal from the 36-player event at Phoenix Country Club. Stricker’s father, Bob, was hospitalized on Monday.

“I was eagerly looking forward to competing in this event and wrapping up this season, which has been incredibly special for me. But a personal emergency has arisen that requires me to stay home,” Stricker said. “My father was hospitalized on Monday afternoon. He is currently receiving care and it’s important that I am here for my family during this challenging time.”

Stricker claimed six victories, including three majors, and finished as a runner-up five times in 16 starts this season, while being defeated by only 41 players. He also set a new record across all PGA Tour-sanctioned tours by firing 55 consecutive rounds of par or better this season, breaking Tiger Woods’ previous record.

Although he did not compete in last week’s TimberTech Championship, Stricker’s earnings of $3,986,063 this season would have made him the first player in tour history to surpass the $4 million mark had he participated in the no-cut Schwab Cup finale.

He will have to settle for his first Schwab Cup title, as no other player can mathematically catch him in Phoenix.

“I understand that my absence is disappointing, and I sincerely apologize to the PGA Tour Champions staff, volunteers, fellow players, fans, and title sponsor Charles Schwab,” Stricker said. “While it saddens me that I will not be able to compete in Phoenix this week, family must always come first, and I hope you can understand my decision to prioritize my father’s well-being during this difficult time. I would like to express my gratitude for the tireless efforts of the PGA Tour Champions staff, tournament directors, and sponsors this season, who have provided us with the opportunity to participate in a season-long race that has been nothing short of exceptional. I am truly grateful for the support and encouragement I have received throughout the season.

“Finally, I want to extend my best wishes to all the players playing in the season finale. I will be following the event from afar, cheering for my friends and fellow competitors. I appreciate your understanding and support during this time and look forward to seeing everyone again soon.”


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