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Ryder Cup rookie Stricker back on his game in St. Louis

Originally Published: September 5, 2008
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- The call came on Monday evening, and Steve Stricker was in no mood for small talk. Paul Azinger, the U.S. Ryder Cup team captain, was on the other end of the cell phone connection, and Stricker knew his day was about to go in one of two completely different directions.

For weeks, Stricker had been sweating out making the American squad, having failed to earn one of the eight automatic spots. He knew that his world ranking (eighth) and place in the final Ryder Cup standings ...

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