10 - 13 April

Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker: Just three top 20s in 11 starts at Augusta.

Steve Stricker: Just three top 20s in 11 starts at Augusta.

Stricker is regarded as one of best golfers currently playing that has never won a major and five missed cuts in 11 Masters suggests Augusta National may not be the most likely venue for him to shed that tag.

Fact Box

  • Stricker slipped to 337th in the world rankings in 2005 but reached No.2 in 2010.
  • He rediscovered his game hitting balls out of a trailer in December snow on the practice range near his home in Wisconsin.
  • His wife's father was his golf coach in college and her brother, Mario Tiziani, is also a professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour.

He admits the course has posed him problems down the years but finishes of 6th, 30th and 11th in the last three years suggest that he's worked out a way to put a score together at Augusta.

Stricker is clearly expert at overcoming hurdles having fought back from the depths of despair when losing his card in 2004 and falling outside of the world's top 300.

Not only did he achieve the somewhat bizarre feat of winning Comeback Player of the Year for two seasons running in 2006 and 2007, but Stricker has turned himself into a winning machine.

He won three times in 2009, twice each in 2010 and 2011, and kicked of 2012 with victory in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to take his tally of triumphs on the PGA Tour to 12.

In February 2010 he even reached a career-high second in the world which, at the time, made him the best active player with Tiger Woods sidelined due to personal problems.

Now the top-ranked American in the world rankings, Stricker can be one of the world's deadliest putters on his day and his prowess on the greens and strategic smarts make him a contender on any course.

Steve's Vital Stats

  • DOB: 23/02/1967
  • Nationality: United States
  • Height: 6ft