A few months ago, I wrote an article asking which American golfer had the best chance to become #1 if Tiger Woods continues his fall from grace. There was one person on my list that I pretty much wrote off and Steve Stricker proved me wrong today.
The win today at The Memorial Tournament gave Stricker his tenth win of his career, along with $30 million in earnings. The win also catapulted him to the top ranked American golfer in the world, jumping over Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar to move to #4.
With the U.S. Open coming up in a couple weeks, this win might give Stricker the momentum to compete at Congressional, especially if he can sink putts like he did all week at Muirfield Village.
Along with Stricker, Matt Kuchar played great all week, closing with a 65 to finish in a tie for second with Brandt Jobe. Dustin Johnson finished fourth and Rory McIlroy looks poised to make a run at Congressional with his fifth place finish at The Memorial.
Other than a couple rain showers, the players had a pristine week of weather and the guys who finished near the top this week are surely going to be considered for my U.S. Open picks in a couple weeks.