Steve Stricker may have a home in Wisconsin, but for one week each year during the PGA Tour season, he changes his address to the TPC at Deere Run, a course Stricker has absolutely owned over the last couple of years. Like Tiger Woods during his torrid run at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, Stricker is turning the John Deere Classic into his home away from home.
With so many guys in the mix each week, it's become even more difficult to win on the PGA Tour, let alone repeat at the same event. That's why Stricker's run at the Deere is so noteworthy. With a third round 8-under 63, he now sits just 18 holes away from an unheard-of feat: winning the same tour event three times in a row.
The last guy to do such a thing was Tiger Woods at the Bridgestone event, and in the history of the tour, only 20 players have ever been able to do the unthinkable. Some guys just feel comfortable playing certain courses, and it's clear Stricker has a thing for the TPC at Deere Run track.
If you want an idea of how much he loves the course, take a look at his last 10 rounds played at the tournament. He's 66 under during that span, with a stroke average of 64.4, meaning he's averaging 7-under each time he tees it up at the event.
I know the Deere doesn't claim to have U.S. Open-like conditions, but to have that kind of run at any tournament over a three-year span is mind-blowing. Stricker is in the zone almost every time he steps on the tee, and the rest of the field is just trying to find a way to keep up.
It's be silly to give Stricker the trophy before the final round of the event -- especially with three players within four shots of the lead -- but the way he's playing at the moment, I'd say it's a safe bet to think the three-peat winners list will be increasing by one on Sunday evening.