Steve Stricker sent a text message Friday morning to captain Fred Couples that he wants to make his Presidents Cup team without being a pick.
Then, he shot a 66 in the Deutsche Bank Championship to show he was serious.
Stricker is No. 11 in the U.S. standings, which is based on PGA Tour earnings, and this is the final week for the top 10 players to qualify for the Presidents Cup. He likely would need to finish in the top 10 to have any chance of passing Zach Johnson for the final spot.
That also depends on what Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk, who are behind Stricker on the list.
It's a situation Stricker wasn't expecting when he announced his semi-retirement at the start of the year. Wanting to spend more time at home in Wisconsin with his wife and two children, the 46-year-old Stricker planned to play no more than a dozen tournaments.
He has had five top 10s, including a pair of runner-up finishes, and now has a reasonable chance to qualify. Any other year, he might be a...