LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Steve Stricker became the third and final assistant on U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson's staff, an honor that came with just a hint of regret.
"I feel old," Stricker said shortly after the announcement was made at Valhalla Golf Club, where he's playing in the PGA Championship. "The way my body feels make feel old, too."
The 47-year-old Stricker played on the last three U.S. teams. But watching from the sidelines this time won't diminish his desire for revenge. He was left standing on the 18th green at Medinah in 2012, when Martin Kaymer of Germany sealed the win for Europe with a putt for a 1-up win in the match.
"There's a bunch of guys who want to try to get that cup back," Stricker said.
He joins Raymond Floyd, 71, and fellow Wisconsin native Andy North, 64, as Watson's assistants. Given his friendship with North, Stricker was asked how the two would divvy up responsibilities when the matches are contested Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles in Scotland.
"He's the big cheese," Stricker laughed. "He's always been big cheese in Wisconsin."
Stricker also played five times at the Presidents Cup, where his low-key personality made him a good match and frequent playing partner for Tiger Woods. Though he was also part of Woods' foursome during Wednesday's practice, Stricker never mentioned being selected as an assistant.
"He didn't tell me," said Woods. "I guess he was focused on his game.
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