(WNFL)- Madison golfer Steve Stricker says he feels fresh but rusty going into the Masters' tournament which begins on Thursday at Augusta National. The world's 15th-ranked golfer said the cold winter cost him some quality practice time in Wisconsin. Also, he recently spent a lot of time with his older brother Scott, who had a liver transplant. Stricker says his game is not as sharp as it could be -- and he couldn't practice yesterday, after heavy rains all but canceled practice rounds at Augusta. The 47-year-old Stricker started playing a limited schedule last year, to spend more time with his family, friends, and charity work in Wisconsin. He did manage to make four-point-four million dollars on the P-G-A Tour, with four runner-up finishes and eight in the Top-10. Stricker says his limited play has helped him in a couple ways. He says he feels healthier than ever -- and bad shots on the course don't affect him as much. Today, Stricker has a practice round with Mequon native Jordan Niebrugge. The 20-year-old earned a Masters' bid by winning the U-S Amateur Public Links Championship last year.
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