Now Steve Stricker has to close the deal. A good supply of frozen yogurt might help get it done.
Running out of time to win a major, the 46-year-old's steady game - and family-first schedule - has him in the frame of mind to finally clear that hurdle. He's only one stroke off the lead after shooting an even-par 70 Saturday in the third round of the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.
''It would be unbelievable, but I'm out (there) not trying to think about that yet,'' Stricker said. ''I'm just trying to execute the shots that I know how to do and take one shot at a time and go from there.''
After Stricker-like consistent rounds of 1 over, 1 under and even par, he trails only Phil Mickelson. It's not an unfamiliar position: Stricker has been in the serious mix five times on Sunday in majors, but he's usually faltered over those final 18 holes. His best U.S. Open finish is a solo fifth place at Pinehurst in 1999.
Stricker thinks it might be different this time. He said his play this we...