Stricker skips The Open

Steve Stricker has withdrawn from next week’s Open Championship due to family commitments.

The former world number two was in two minds about going tom play at Royal Liverpool, but it appears he has chosen to celebrate his 20th wedding anniversary instead.

“Ask me tomorrow, I could be going, ask me another day, I could be going home,” said the American after the US Open at Pinehurst.

“I’m leaning toward not going. I’m thinking about throwing in Greenbrier and then the John Deere (Classic).

“It’s a long trip and I’m not too fired up about it. But then I look at it, and it’s a major. And I should be going there.”

Stricker’s best result at the Open Championship is a solo fifth place in 1998, following it up with a tied for fifth the very next year. At the recent Greenbrier Classic, he finished tied for 35th while his wife Nicki carried his bag.

The 47-year old will be replaced by japans Ryo Ishikawa, who has made eight cuts out of the 17 Majors he has participated in.