Stricker going for four
Steve Stricker admits it will be hard to win the John Deere Classic title for a fourth successive year but will give it his best shot.
The 45-year-old has won the title for the past three years, with an incredible combined 68-under-par total in that time.
He beat Kyle Stanley by one shot 12 months ago with a birdie on the final hole and is favourite to lift the trophy on Sunday once again.
With the Open Championship now just seven days away, a number of the top stars have chosen to take the week off and it is not the strongest of fields that will tee it up at TPC Deere Run this week.
None of the world's top 10 are in attendance and Stricker is the highest-ranked played at 13th in the world, with Zach Johnson, who is next in the rankings at 17, also set for a run-out in Silvis, Illinois.
Stricker clearly knows his way round the course but insists that it will be tough to complete what the locals are calling the 'Stricker Slam'.
"It's hard to repeat, let alone win for the third time," he said. "I look forward to trying. It's going to be difficult as ever. Just to win a golf tournament is hard, let alone four times in a row.
"But I'm excited about the challenge, excited about the opportunity to try to do it. It would be a lot of fun."