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"We all know what he's about and how great a player (Woods) is, but this format adds a lot of excitement, you know, for a guy like myself or anybody else to kind of challenge him," Stricker said. "Whoever is going to win this, whether it be him or me or anybody else, I mean, you're going to have to play some pretty good golf for two more events, and it's going to lead to a lot of excitement for the fans, the media and the players alike.
"I think it's a lot of fun."
Stricker had his share of fun at the Deutsche Bank, sharing the lead after one round and again after three, then climbing to the top for good with back-to-back birdies on the last two holes. He finished at 17-under 267 for his seventh career victory -- his first with Woods in the field -- and a $1.35 million check.
For a guy who blew a chance at a playoff at The Barclays last week when he missed a 10-foot par putt on the 18th hole, it was a quick turnaround.
"I don't even remember last week," Stricker said with a laugh before coming clean. "Last week was disappointing. I tried to blow it off and tried to say, 'You know what, I've had a good year, don't worry about it.' But a couple days went by and I was still thinking about it.
"But that's the great thing about what we do for a living. We're able to come right back out here, we have a new week, new tournament to play for, and I was able to forget about that."
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