Steve Stricker was nervous when he teed off at Royal Troon, and it showed. He had to scramble for par on the first hole and took bogey on the next hole. But the 49-year-old American settled down and shot 67. He is four shots off the lead.
So why the nerves? Stricker said maybe it was because it's been a while since he played in a major. This is his first major since the PGA Championship last year, and his first British Open since 2012.
And it might be his last major. He currently is not eligible for the PGA Championship. Stricker says his agent, brother-in-law Mario Tiziani, has been asking him if Stricker wants to request an exemption. Stricker says he won't do it. He wants to earn it.
This is the final event to qualify, and a top 10 might be enough to get in.