Steve Stricker withdraws from season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship

PHOENIX — Steve Stricker has withdrawn from the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship after announcing that his dad was taken to the hospital.

“He is currently receiving care and it is important that I am here for my family during this challenging time,” Stricker wrote in the statement released through the PGA Tour Champions on Wednesday.

Originally on the pre-tournament news conference schedule, Stricker was then slated to arrive late Wednesday for his first-round tee time Thursday.

Stricker clinched the season-long championship two weeks ago. He didn’t play in the first two playoff events but was all set to play Phoenix Country Club this week in what would have essentially been a four-day victory lap. His six wins and 15 top-10s in 16 events in 2023 gave him such a commanding lead that he became the third golfer in the circuit’s history to clinch the Cup title before the finale.

Statement on Behalf of Steve Stricker

Unfortunately, I will be withdrawing from this week’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship. I was eagerly looking forward to competing in this event to cap off this season – which has been an incredibly special one for me – but a personal emergency has come up that requires me to stay home.

My father was admitted to the hospital on Monday afternoon. He is currently receiving care and it is important that I am here for my family during this challenging time.

I would like to express my gratitude for the tireless efforts of the PGA Tour Champions staff, tournament directors, Charles Schwab and all of the sponsors this season, who have provided us with the opportunity to participate in a season-long race that has been nothing short of exceptional. I am truly grateful for the support and encouragement I have received throughout the season.

Finally, I want to extend my best wishes to all the players playing in the season finale. I will be following the event from afar, cheering for my friends and fellow competitors.

I appreciate everyone’s understanding and support during this time.

Stricker’s withdrawal means the field is now 35 golfers. The 72-hole tournament concludes Sunday.

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek