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“He’s open to hearing what I have to say sometimes, which is flattering to me,” Stricker said. “We try to help each other out, and he’s helped me out a bunch of times, too.”

And this probably won’t be the last time.

“I’m think I’m going to have a contract with him because he’s only going to play what, five tournaments this year?” Woods said, exaggerating Stricker’s limited schedule. “I’ll bring him out in his off weeks, put his ball away for a week and come out. No, that’s what friends do. Friends help each other out, and Steve and I have been friends for a long time.”