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Top 30 Golfers for the 2014 Majors: No. 17 Steve Stricker


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 17: Steve Stricker

Born: Feb. 23, 1967, Edgerton, Wis. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 12 |2013 Wins (Worldwide): 1| 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $4,440,532 (7th) World Ranking: 14

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Steve Stricker played the best golf of his life in 2013, yet he didn't win a PGA Tour event and played in only 13 events, stating early in the year that he was going to be semi-retired from now on. In those 13 events, he had eight top 10s, led the tour in scoring average, finished third in driving accuracy, second in greens in regulation, second in strokes gained-putting and was second in scrambling. If I knew how much and where he was going to play, I would put him near the top of this list. He hasn't had a top-five finish in a major since 1999, but it looks like Steve is better late than ever.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 60
Wins: 0

2013 Performance:
Masters - T20
U.S. Open - T8
British Open - DNP
PGA Championship - T12

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T6 (2009)
U.S. Open - 5/T5 (1998, 1999)
British Open - T7 (2008)
PGA Championship - 2 (1998)
Top-10 Finishes: 11
Top-25 Finishes: 28
Missed Cuts: 14

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.

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