Steve Stricker’s older brother passes away

PGA Tour star Steve Stricker’s older brother Scott Stricker passed away on 4th October at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. Scott was born on 16th April 1963 in Edgerton and attended Edgerton High School and graduated in the Class of 1981.

Scott was a member of the Central Lutheran Church in Edgerton and worked at Nelson Young Lumber Company in Edgerton for many years. He lived at Cambridge and died at the age of 51.

Scott had undergone a surgery in January for a perforation in his intestine which was leaking bile into his stomach. He also went through a liver transplant in February, which saved his life. But after those surgeries, his kidneys stopped functioning properly and he was in and out of intensive care. He was also suffering from Crohn’s disease.

Scott’s funeral took place on 8th October with services commencing from 11 A.M. at the Central Catholic Church in Edgerton. Visitors were allowed between 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. at Albrecht Funeral Homes and Cremation Services in Edgerton.

In June Steve Stricker told the press in an interview that his brother’s health problem was taking a toll on his golf game. He told that he has been in the hospital when he is at home and his brother’s has been the focus of his family for the last six months.

Scott Stricker like his younger brother also enjoyed playing Golf and was a member of the Lake Ripley Country Club in Cambridge. He also played for the Home Talent baseball for the Albion Tigers and was a huge fan of Chicago Bears and Cubs.

Steve Stricker was the assistant captain for the U.S. Ryder Cup team last month. They lost to Team Europe in Perthshire, Scotland.


Poulter accepts defeat to Rickie Fowler

Former World Golf Championship – World Match Play Championship winner Ian Poulter has crashed out at the first round of the event at Dove Mountain.

Poulter, who won the title in 2010, was the first man out on the field as he took the course at 7.25am in the morning against American youngster Rickie Fowler and lost the match to the American 2 and 1.

Poulter, currently ranked at 15th in the world, suffered his third exit in the first round at the event in the last four years. The opening three holes were halved in the beginning and following that, Fowler managed to win three of the next four holes, managing to bag just one birdie during the run, but even that was enough to overcome a faltering Poulter.

Poulter also bagged one birdie on the 14th from over 18 yards out but his other chances of a birdie went awry and this more than sealed his fate in the event as the Englishman suffered yet another devastating defeat.

The 38 year old Ian Poulter later tweeted about his defeat to Rickie Fowler, mentioning that he was disappointed with his performance, adding that he did not deserve to move on to the next round and also extended his congratulations to the young American.

Prior to the event, Poulter had mentioned that he loves a match play event as do most golfers on the PGA Tour, and had stated that he was looking forward to playing at Dove Mountain as he sought to kick start the season with a win at one of the most prestigious events in the calendar.

But that was not how it panned out and Ian Poulter will have to catch the first flight back home as he looks to build on his game during the off time.

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His Flight To The 2nd Position

Ian James Poulter, an English professional golfer, has been a member of the two topmost professional golf tours, namely the US based PGA Tour and the European Tour. Formerly, Ian Poulter has achieved a ranking as high as number five in the world rankings. Till now the best performances of Poulter have been his victories at the World Golf Championship, one at the 2010 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship and the other one at the 2012 WGC HSBC Champions. Ian James Poulter is also the touring professional for the Country Club and the Woburn Golf.

Poulter’s professional career started in the 1996, and he was able to record his first win in the year 1999 in the Open de Cote d’lvoire in the Challenge Tour of the second tier of the European Tour. Later that year Poulter won promotion to the European Tour through the qualifying school. The same year he won the Italian Open title. He was also declared the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year in 2000. Each of the next four seasons recorded wins by Ian Poulter. The most prestigious among those wins was the Volvo Masters of 2004 which was the season ending tour championship. In the years 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2012 Ian was among the top ten in the Order of Merit. Poulter very narrowly missed his place in the 2002 season of the European Ryder Cup team. However, this was followed by being part of the victorious squad in the year 2004, where the official winning points for the team were scored by Ian. This also entitled his for the membership of the PGA tour of 2005. Since then he divided his time for the two top tours.

He took his position forward to the 2nd place in the Order of Merit in the year 2013. This is the highest placing he has achieved so far.


Ryder Cup place not guaranteed

Ian Poulter, Medinah’s hero, has been already warned that he would not have any magic pass in the next Ryder Cup squad for Gleneagles. Ian’s place was thought to be guaranteed following his stunning birdie spree on Saturday in Chicago that lifted the Europe off the canvas and created the drama for the final day which saw United States defeated.

Yesterday, skipper Paul McGinley stated that Ian would have to prove himself once again in the golf event over the next twelve months. According to reports, McGinley told that he could assure right now that if Ian has a very poor form next year, then he would not in the Ryder Cup squad. He would really love to include Ian in the squad, but he has to earn his position like everyone else.

He added that what he has accomplished in the past has been massive, but he has to do it once again and prove to him that he is on his game and he is physically and mentally ready. There is none in his head who is surely in the squad for next year. Maybe Henrik Stenson is 80 per cent there.

It is quite impossible to imagine Paul McGinley leaving a golfer who Lee Westwood claimed must have his own personal wildcard in the competition. Paul was at Gleneagles as part of the event’s Year To Go jubilations along with his boyhood hero Tom Watson.


Arsenal transfer policy frustrates Ian Poulter

Celebrity Arsenal fan and golfer Ian Poulter has been left extremely frustrated by the lack of activity shown by the club in the transfer season.

And he has not made his emotions take the backseat as he let his feelings known about the way the club’s manager Arsene Wenger and the board have gone about chasing players and failing to land any of them. Over the current transfer window, Arsenal has been linked with several big name striker signings including Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney, Liverpool and Uruguayan international Luis Suarez as well as former Real Madrid man Gonzalo Higuain.

However, both Suarez and Rooney have so far, stayed put at their respective clubs while Higuain snubbed a move to the Gunners in favor of a move to Italy and Napoli SSC. And that has left almost a huge section of Arsenal fans frustrated and that includes Ian Poulter as well.

He took to Twitter to take out his frustrations along with a number of Arsenal fans for the lack of ambition shown by the club. He mentioned that he doesn’t see any reason to check on the sports pages of the internet sports dailies to see which player the club might have signed. He also went on to mention that he is losing interest in what has always been a great club and he has supported for so long.

Ian Poulter went on to post another tweet where he stated that the fans were promised big names signings at the start of the transfer window but this has been yet another period of broken promises and they will have to content with fighting for fourth place once again. He also sarcastically added that he is not sure the club can afford the food bill of Luis Suarez, let alone his wages.