Adam Scott and Steve Stricker don't have much in common except for how infrequently they play golf tournaments.
Scott began to scale back on his schedule two years ago, devising a plan that would help him practice more, play less and be ready for the biggest events. Stricker, who turned 46 in February, decided this year to spend more time at home in Wisconsin. The U.S. Open is only his seventh tournament this year, and he might only play three more.
''I congratulated him on his semi-retirement,'' Scott said. ''Welcome to the club.''
Stricker would love to part of another club to which Scott belongs - a major champion.
Since returning to the top of his game in 2006, he has given himself a couple of reasonable chances. Stricker was the 36-hole leader at Winged Foot in 2006 until a 76-73 weekend dropped him into a tie for sixth, three shots behind. He was tied for the lead after 63 holes at Oakmont a year later, only to shoot 42 on the back nine ...