Steve Stricker WDs from Schwab Cup Championship

League: Golf

Posted on: 08 Nov, 2023 at 07:57 PM

Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Stricker has withdrawn from this week's Charles Schwab Cup Championship to be with his ailing father.

He holds an insurmountable lead in the season-long standings entering the Champions Tour finale.

Stricker, 55, will earn his first Charles Schwab Cup title on Sunday afternoon.

He released a statement Wednesday concerning his father, Bob Stricker, who was hospitalized on Monday afternoon.

"Unfortunately, I will be withdrawing from this week's Charles Schwab Cup Championship. I was eagerly looking forward to this competing in this event and capping off this season, which has been an incredibly special one for me, but a personal emergency has come up that requires me to stay home.

"My father was admitted to the hospital on Monday afternoon. He is currently receiving care and it is important that I am here for my family during this challenging time.

"I understand that my absence is disappointing, and I sincerely apologize to the PGA TOUR Champions staff, volunteers, fellow players, fans, and title sponsor Charles Schwab. While it saddens me that I will not be able to compete in Phoenix this week, family must always come first, and I hope you can understand my decision to prioritize my father's well-being during this difficult time."

Stricker won six titles in 16 events during a dominant season, including three senior major championships.

The $3 million Charles Schwab Cup Championship begins Thursday at Phoenix Country Club in Arizona.

--Field Level Media