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Stricker having ball; Euros with wrong balls; Presidents Cup picks problem?

Stricker having ball; Euros with wrong balls; Presidents Cup picks problem?

In this week’s Vegas edition of Cut Line, we celebrate Steve Stricker’s Ryder Cup victory tour and wonder why the International Presidents Cup team wasn’t paying attention to the U.S. captain’s magic formula.

Made Cut

Brooks is back. OK, maybe a spot inside the top 20 after two rounds at the Shriners Children’s Open isn’t exactly a long-term mandate, but the optimism comes from what Brooks Koepka said more than anything he might do this week in Las Vegas.

It’s no secret that the four-time major champion has been slowed in recent years by an assortment of injuries, including an ailing left wrist that forced him to withdraw from last month’s Tour Championship. But as he started his season this week, there were hints of optimism.

“I mean I still in my head think I’m young, I still think I’m like 22, 23, 24 in my head, but realizing that my body can’t do the things that I used to do, tend to take it a little bit slower and just be more cautious,” he said. “You don’t feel 100 percent every week and you’re not going to. But just really trying to minimize the big stuff.”

The litmus test will come in April when the major season begins, but an older, wiser Brooks…

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