Editor's note: PGA Tour pro Steve Stricker, defending champion of the Deutsche Bank Championship, shares his thoughts on golf and life on the PGA Tour.
Hello Boston.com readers! As the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship winner, I was asked if I would write a blog for the next few weeks leading up to the event. I can officially say that this is the first time I’ve ever written a blog!
As defending champion, I just took part in the Deutsche Bank Championship media day. I answered a lot of questions about how it felt to win the event last year. The more I talk about and remember last year’s event, the more anxious I am to get up to Boston and get started on my defense of the title! It would be pretty amazing to win in Boston again this year. I successfully defended my title at the John Deere Classic in July. It’s not an easy task, but it is possible. As defending champion, you have more pressure that week and added media obligations, but you also have those memories from when you won and that is extremely important.
I really enjoy playing in Boston. TPC Boston is always in phenomenal shape, and I expect nothing less this year. This is a unique event on the PGA Tour since it’s a Monday finish. It’s quite a way to spend the Labor Day weekend! The fans in Boston really support the event, which is great to see.
We’re getting into a busy time of the golf season with lots of tournaments packed into the next few months. Even though it’s busy, it tends to bring out the best in my game. I feel well rested and ready to go!
Until next week…Steve Stricker
Steve Stricker is a 17-year veteran of the PGA Tour and defending champion of the Deutsche Bank Championship, a PGA Tour Playoff event at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., over Labor Day weekend. The world’s top 100 golfers will compete for $7.5 million and a $1.35 million payout to the champion from August 31 through September 7. Since 2003, the Championship has raised nearly $17 million for local and national charities. Visit www.dbchampionship.com.