Steve Stricker might be the nicest man on the planet, let alone on the PGA Tour. He's earnest, humble, and a friend to many on tour. (According to the oft-Tweeting Stewart Cink, Stricker was spending Friday evening at the TCU regional baseball game against Wright St. with Cink, Cink's caddie, Frank Williams, and David Toms's caddie, Scott Gneiser).
Stricker is in contention so often that you almost take it for granted, but he has occasionally had trouble closing out wins. I'm going to be watching to see if he can continue to take it deep at Colonial after opening with back-to-back 63s to stand at 14-under 126.
"I have had some opportunities to win," Stricker said. "I'm disappointed I haven't won one or two of them along the way. But I'm happy with the form that I've been doing, the play that I have been showing throughout the year. I would just like to finish one off. I know it's only halfway through."
Stricker will have some big footsteps behind him. Tim Clark (13 under), Vijay Singh (12 under) and Sean O'Hair (11 under) pose the greatest threats.
I'm always curious to see how young Australian Jason Day (10 under) handles being in contention. Colonial is Day's home course (he lives in Fort Worth).
"I feel comfortable out here," he said.
So far, yes. We'll see how he handles weekend golf on the PGA Tour.