Steve Stricker is a native of Wisconsin with a passion for conservation but who currently spends most of his time at this point outdoors on a golf course. A professional golfer since 1990, Steve owns 12 victories on the PGA Tour and seven victories—including three major championships—in his four years playing on the PGA TOUR Champions.
Steve notched his first two PGA TOUR victories in 1996 and finished fourth on the PGA TOUR money list that year. However, in 2004, Steve lost his tour card. In 2006, relying on sponsor exemptions he managed seven top-ten finishes and was voted the tour’s Comeback Player of the Year. His strong play continued in 2007, earning a spot on the President’s Cup team that year—and earning Comeback Player of the Year for the second straight year!
Steve reached a career high world-ranking of No. 2, and spent more than 250 weeks in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings. He has played on four President’s Cup teams and three Ryder Cup teams. He was captain of the winning U.S. President’s Cup team in 2017 and is captain of the 2020-21 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Throughout his career, Steve has remained dedicated to his family, with his wife Nicki serving as caddy at the beginning of his PGA TOUR career and continuing that role on the PGA TOUR Champions. In 2013, he reduced his playing schedule to spend more time with his family. His daughter Bobbi is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and played on the UW Women’s Golf Team. Daughter Izzi is a sophomore at Waunakee High School and plays on the girls’ golf team.
In 2012, Steve earned the PGA TOUR’s prestigious Payne Stewart Award, recognizing his commitment and contribution to local communities. In 2013, Steve in collaboration with American Family Insurance formed the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation. In 2016, Steve again partnered with American Family to launch the American Family Insurance Championship, a PGA TOUR Champions event. The foundation supports charities, educational initiatives and organizations aimed at building strong families and healthy kids, empowering them to chase and achieve their dreams.
The Stricker family has realized one of its own dreams by purchasing land in Wisconsin where they are implementing their own land ethic.