Curtis Strange has warned Steve Stricker and the other Americans who are electing not to play at the Open in 12 days’ time that it could turn into their “greatest regret”.
Stricker, the world No 18 who plays a limited schedule, is still undecided on whether to tee it up at Hoylake, although he said on Wednesday he is “leaning on not going”.
On Friday Charles Howell III announced he would not be travelling citing “family reasons”. Howell’s spot goes to the Dane Thorbjorn Olesen.
Strange, himself, missed several Opens in the 1980s when he was one of the best players in the world, but now bemoans those absences.
“I didn’t go to the British Open a couple of times and I should have,” Strange said. “It is my greatest regret. I hope [Stricker] and whoever else doesn’t come over, doesn’t have that regret. That’s not a good feeling.”