By Jayson Geiser
(WAOW) - The final major tournament of this year's PGA campaign tees off just down the road in Kohler Thursday.
Jayson Geiser was at Wednesday's practice round and you can read his complete story below or watch the story by clicking on the video link to your left.
In the light of the well-documented struggle of Tiger Woods, 2 golfers, Phil Mickelson and Wisconsin's own Steve Stricker can overtake the world number 1 ranking with a win at the PGA Championship this weekend. However, with 98 of the top 100 golfers in the world here at Whistling Straits, Strick knows the move from #4 to #1 won't be as easy as it may appear on paper.
"This is probably as wide-open a major as we've seen in a long time," says Stricker. "I still think Tiger and Phil are going to be there come Sunday."
Stricker will of course be a crowd favorite this week. However, he's quick to remind us he's playing in his home state, but not at his home course. He's played just 54 holes here at Whistling Straits all year long.
"I'm staying about 25 minutes away and all I see is corn, soy beans, and cows," quipped Stricker. "But when I get here it doesn't feel like home at all. When you look out over the course it feels like we're overseas somewhere, playing in a British Open. But the fans are here and they're reminding me where I'm at."
I asked Stricker at his press conference, "Steve, in a sport where the stars are skewing younger and younger, especially this year, how do you explain your career arc where you're getting better and better into your forties?"
"I'd like to think I'm wiser," he replied. "I'm definitely older. I'd like to think I've learned a lot."
Stricker is playing the best golf of his career at age 43. However, in the last 25 PGA Championships, only once has a golfer over the age of 40 hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy. That was Vijay Singh in 2004, the last time the event was played on the Straits Course.
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