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Stricker to start semiretirement

KAPALUA, Hawaii — At the end of another long year, and a month away from the start of another season, Steve Stricker posed a question that sounded out of place for a player with more than $25 million in PGA Tour earnings over the past six years: "What if I went to Kapalua to defend and didn't play again the rest of the year?"

When he arrived for the season-opening Tournament of Champions, the event for last year's winners that begins today, he had reached a compromise. Stricker, 46 next month, is going into semiretirement. When he leaves Kapalua, where he is the tournament's defending champion, he won't return until the Match Play Championship at the end of February.

He'll play the majors and World Golf Championship events in the United States, maybe a few other tournaments and the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., which has become the Wisconsin resident's hometown event

"I had a great run the last six years. I think it's just the travel, the time away," said Stricker, married with a 14-year-old daughter. "When I get home, I'm not there. … I've had enough of being totally focused on golf and my life. And I wanted to not have it be about me anymore."

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Stricker to start semiretirement 01/03/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 3, 2013 7:14pm]

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