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Still stricken over Stricker

September 23, 2009

Golf World's failure to feature Steve Stricker as the main cover image after his FedExCup win in New York continues to rile the state of Wisconsin and you continue to, er, Badger us, about it.



Dear Editor,>

Hi. Let me introduce myself. I'm Dennis from Wisconsin and follow my Wis. PGA Tour players regularly. My question is, what does a player have to do to get himself on your cover. I don't count thumbnail photos as being on the cover. Steve Stricker is having a great year. Let's see, he's number one in the Fed Ex Cup race. He's ranked number two in the world and is second to Tiger in the money list among other categories also. He just won his third tournament, with all the big guys in the field I might say, and again you snubbed him. I'm trying to figure out your politics. Please try to explain. Anyhow, I recently renewed my longtime subscription to Golf World and I truly am regretting it. I guess I will let it die a natural death in August of 2011. There will be other places to get my golf news. After all, I now have the internet. I guess I have no expectation of hearing back from you and I certainly can't think of a valid reason for snubbing him three times in one year. But, feel free to try.>


Dennis Findlay>

Elkhorn, Wi


Dear Editor, Badger Nation: Steve Stricker 3 Wins Jerry Kelly 2 Wins Mark Wilson 1 Win Covers Zero Tiger 5 Wins 5 Covers No respect Glenn Henderson Oak Creek, WI

As my spouse reminds me, if you have to explain you've missed the point. I will not attempt to defend the thumbnail of Stricker on the September 14 cover with the great headline, "Mr. September", as adequate. How could it be! But it was Arnie's birthday and he has earned a bit of adulation and so "Long Live the King" with a vintage photo of a young, handsome Palmer seemed the right call at the time. I'm rooting for Steve to win at East Lake so his image on the cover in October will somehow make up for the pain you'll feel when Michigan takes out Wisconsin in Madison in November.

--Bob Carney