Still Stricker, but no longer stricken, if Wisconsin Steve looks down upon the rest of the world on Sunday evening, there will be no better story to have come out of the little US Midwest hamlet of Kohler since Pete and Alice Dye designed Whistling Straits.
They take some pride in being known as cheeseheads in the state of Wisconsin, but there has been nothing cheesy about the whooping and the hollering that has greeted Steve Stricker on the opening two days of this particular US PGA Championship, the 92nd rendition of the season's final major.
They call his fans "Stricker's Soliders" in the US, but they march in good voice. Any goodwill gushing towards him is firmly of the heartfelt variety.
In the land of the Green Bay Packers in American football and the Milwaukee Brewers of baseball, a place where it is said cows outnumber people by two to one, they like to cherish their sporting sons. It is fertile land for farmyard animals and fairy stories.
Stricker, 42, has sampled more undulations than the greens at Whistling Straits during a career in which he has come back to life as spectacularly as Lazarus. Not much has been made of it, but it has been 12 years since Stricker finished in second place behind an eager Vijay Singh at the PGA Championship in Washington.
For some reason, Stricker visited harsh times after his early success in finishing fourth in the PGA's Tour money list in 1996. He lost his Tour card and his right to make a living on the US Tour in 2004, but he was not ready to slip quietly into the night.
When he misplaced belief in his swing, he never surrendered motivation to enhance technique. The harsh winters of Wisconsin did not dissuade him.
Stricker retrieved personal ground by practicing shots out of the back of a heated trailer as balls tore off the snow and ice.
He was inducted into the Wisconsin Golf Association's Hall of Fame and named the Tour's comeback player of the year after a win in 2007.
Stricker excelled last season enjoying three Tour successes that encapsulated trophies at Colonial, the John Deere Classic and the Deutsche Bank Championship.
He increased his haul of tournament wins to five in two years when he lifted titles at the Nothern Trust Open and the John Deere Classic. He will be a leading figure in Corey Pavin's Ryder Cup team.
Stricker rose to number two in the rankings earlier this year, but one suspects this is not where the journey ends. He was number four before this tournament, but there would no finer place for him to reach out and grab top spot than in the company of his own folk.
"It's pretty cool to come up there and get that reception to start play," he said. "I don't get it very often. It's nice to get it here, and it's pretty special."
He is evenly poised at level par after the opening two rounds, but could yet could make the journey to represent the US at the Ryder Cup in October ranked as the world's best player, ahead of Woods or Mickelson.
Stricker becomes number one if he wins, Woods winds up outside the top 24 at Whistling Straits and Mickelson finishes outside the top three.
He may be quiet and relatively unknown outside of the golfing fraternity, but Stricker seems to be a golfer of endless possibilities.
Shot of the day
There was a couple of leading candidates for the shot of the day. Shane Lowry chipped in for a memorable eagle at the sixth hole, but it could not prevent the young Irishman from missing the cut at +6 on his way to a 79.
BM also liked a couple of Phil Mickelson's cavaliar shots and Tiger Woods' third shot from a road with a fairway wood on the second hole, but we are giving shot of the day to England's Simon Khan.
His second shot at the tough 518-yard par five 15th left him five feet from the hole, which set up a birdie that saw him tie for the lead. Shame he could not finish the day there.
John Daly outfit of the day
Surprisingly sedate day on the course. Nobody really caught the eye, so we'll give it to Rickie Fowler who donned a pair of white trousers and a purple polo shirt and massive baseball cap. Always a questionable look. Honourable mention to Ian Poulter and his pro-celebrity checked trousers. Like the golf, the garish dress sense of golfers should kick in instinctively over the weekend.