Steve Stricker will play in the 2013 Tour Championship after all
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Steve Stricker will play in the 2013 Tour Championship after all

Steve Stricker was thinking about skipping out on a guaranteed pay day at next week's Tour Championship to go on a hunting trip at home. After some thought, he decided to take the money and postpone the hunt.

Stricker told multiple outlets at this week's BMW Championship that he intends to play in next week's FedEx Cup finale at East Lake.

The Wisconsin native has advanced through every stage of the FedEx Cup playoffs since the concept's inception in 2007. Stricker, Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan are the only three players to accomplish that feat, and they're all in good shape to continue their collective streak after the week at Conway Farms.

Even were Stricker to finish dead last -- 30th -- in points after the Tour Championship, he would earn $175,000 in FedEx Cup bonus money simply for playing. Of course, Stricker could win up to $10 million if he is crowned the FedEx Cup champion.

Add in money Stricker will earn for competing in the tournament itself -- a minimum of $128,000 for finishing dead last -- and he is guaranteed $303,000 just for appearing.

For a guy that is in semi-retirement, padding the bank account a little bit is a good thing.

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