SAN FRANCISCO - Steve Stricker saw what it takes to win the U.S. Open the last time it was played at The Olympic Club.
Now he gets to see if he has what it takes to win a major.
Stricker tied for fifth at Olympic in 1998 and is a bit nostalgic about that final round he played with Lee Janzen, who went on to win the U.S. Open. Most vivid was Janzen's tee shot getting stuck in a tree on the fifth hole, and then falling out as Janzen was on his way back to the tee to play his third shot.
It wasn't long before Stricker went into a tailspin and lost his PGA Tour card. His return was so remarkable that he's the only player to be voted PGA Tour comeback player of the year in consecutive seasons. He has reached as high as No. 2 in the world. He picked up his 12th victory at Kapalua to start this year.
But at age 45, time is running out on Stricker validating a strong career with a major.