Tiger Woods took only 100 putts at the 72-hole 2013 WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral, en route to a two-shot victory. It was a career-low total for one of the best golfers to ever play the game. Tiger has gone on to win six tournaments this year and has won over $8 million so far, this year alone. He has credited this year’s success to his improved putting—and the man partly responsible for Tiger’s turnaround this year is the same man who was beat by the two shots at Doral, Steve Stricker.
Stricker has helped other golfers with their short games. Luke Donald asked for some tips at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill, and Phil Mickelson received Stricker’s coaching at the 2011 Presidents Cup. When asked why he helps his competitors, Stricker said, “It’s flattering. People come to me and ask me questions, and I don’t mind helping the guys. It seems like that’s what golfers have done generation to generation, they help one another out.”
One of the things I really like about the game of golf is that you can be competitive with your playing partner while also rooting for them. This may sound funny, but if you think about it, you are typically playing golf with your friends. Steve Stricker and other PGA golfers take it to another limit. Their help to each other may end up costing them big dollars. I think this helps the game. The players get better, the viewership grows, the dollars follow, and ultimately the audience witnesses great sportsmanship.
The best golfers in the world come to Steve Stricker because they know he has one of the best short games around. He helps them because he feels that it is the right thing to do.
At the Summit, you will be interacting with members—retail environments industry professionals—who have years of experience and specific expertise that they are willing to share. You will also benefit from the economic and business building expertise that will be shared by our speakers. And, the event offers opportunities to show your peers your expertise, which can lead to bigger ideas.I am looking forward to learning from our members and sharing my experiences at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo on November 6th through the 8th. And like Tiger Woods, I am open to any tips that can improve my game.