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Tiger advises Stricker on John Deere four-peat

In a bid to become only the fifth man in the history of championship golf to win a tournament four consecutive times, Steve Stricker has turned to one of those four men for advice, Tiger Woods.

"He told me to get it done," Stricker said. "And he also threw me a jab, saying: 'Only one of us has won four in a row.' "

Alongside Woods, who won Bay Hill (2000-2003) and Buick Invitational (2005-08), Tom Morris, Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen are the others Stricker is attempting to join with what could be his fourth win in a row at this week's John Deere Classic.

"I know it's going to be hard, a big challenge, but I've got a lot of good vibes coming here," Stricker said. "This has been a great ride. I like to deer hunt, and I see that deer (statue) every morning coming in here. If there's any tournament I've been meant to win, I guess it's this one."

The 45-year-old Wisconsinite is a fan favorite here, and secured a fine result in the 2011 iteration when he memorably rolled in a 25-footer from the fringe, overhauling Kyle Stanley.

Zach Johnson was one of his victims back when it all began in 2009, Stricker beating Johnson and two others by three strokes.

"When you have a world-class player in Steve, it's not all that surprising to me," Johnson said. "His chances of winning this week, I don't have any idea, but it wouldn't surprise me."

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