Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/9/14

BETHESDA, MD - JULY 5: Steve Stricker hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the third round of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club on July 5, 2008 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
Steve Stricker might be the only golfer on the PGA Tour who isn't peeking ahead to Muirfield and next week's British Open. Stricker's single-minded focus on TPC Deere Run, combined with his recent dominance of the course, makes him the man to beat at this weekend's John Deere Classic. Stricker, 46, is playing a reduced schedule this season - and he's skipping the Open Championship to celebrate his wedding anniversary with his wife Nicki in Wisconsin. But Stricker won the John Deere Classic three times from 2009-11. He's not about to pass on a shot at a fourth title just down the road in Illinois. ''I owe a lot to this place. It's a special place for me,'' Stricker said. Stricker and Zach Johnson, who grew up about 100 miles across the Mississippi River in nearby Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are the unquestioned headliners this week. That's largely because most of the world's top golfers are already concentrating in Scotland. There's no Tiger, Rory or Phil in this field. In fact, the o...
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