Part-timer Stricker continues to cash in

March, 10, 2013

DORAL, Fla. -- This semi-retirement thing is working out quite nicely for Steve Stricker. Three tournaments, three top-five finishes, including Sunday's runner-up result to Tiger Woods.

Stricker earned $880,000 for finishing second.

"I just feel like there's little pressure on me at all," said Stricker, who contends he will not play more than 11 or 12 times this year. "I'm really having a lot of fun. I'm enjoying what I'm doing. I get very pumped and excited to play when I do come out."

Stricker will not play again until the Shell Houston Open later this month and then the Masters.

Adam Scott shot the round of the tournament, an 8-under-par 64, to climb the leaderboard and into a tie for third. He will play this week's Tampa Bay Championship, his last event before the Masters.

"It's really good for me going into next week, a course [Innisbrook] that I think I can do well at," Scott said. "Although I've not done that great there in the past, it will be a good challenge for me next week to try and get more out of myself."

Although Tiger Woods has won four times at Doral, he has no problem with the fact that he'll face a difference golf course when the tournament returns to the Blue Monster at Trump Doral next year.

Sometime soon, a renovation of the course will be take place under the direction of new owner Donald Trump. Yardage will be added and holes such as 1, 9, 10 and 15 will have significant alterations.

"I liked playing it before when Raymond [Floyd] did the re-do," Woods said. "I played it well after that. From what I've seen, what they are going to do, they'll make a few changes, add some length and obviously they want to make it more monstrous, not just blue."