Steve Stricker to skip British Open for anniversary with wife
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Steve Stricker to skip British Open for anniversary with wife

Who knew a savage could be so romantic?

Semi-retired golfer and part-time rental-car spokesman Steve Stricker will not play in the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield next week, instead opting to stay home to celebrate his 20th wedding anniversary with wife, Nicki.

Stricker has decided to play a limited schedule this year, making his way toward retirement with a desire to spend more time at home but still compete in events important to him. He can dictate his schedule, but he wasn't skipping this week's John Deere Classic, an event he won each year from 2009-11.

''I owe a lot to this place. It's a special place for me,'' Stricker said, according to the AP.

Just three years after the couple was married, Steve made a public boo-boo about what month they were married.

"We were married in June 1993," Steve said after winning his first PGA Tour event in 1996 at the Kemper Open. His wife corrected him: "It was July."

Consider this a make-up 17 years in the making.

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