Stricker wins this year for the 4th time on the Champions Tour


Steve Stricker followed his plan perfectly down to the last hole on Sunday and until then it didn’t matter. He finished with a 3-under 69 for a two-shot win in the Constellation Furyk & Friends, his fourth PGA Tour Champions title that year.

By three shots, Stricker played conservatively at the Timuquana Country Club, a Donald Ross design with crowned greens and trouble on all sides.

The goal was to score on the par 5 and he shagged them all. He also wanted to keep bogeys off his card, and he almost did it. With a three-shot lead, he hit an 8-iron just before the green, pitched just over the back, and made his only bogey of the weekend.

He finished 14-under 202 and won for the third time in his last four places. Harrison Frazar finished with a 65 and finished second alone, taking him to the PGA Tour Champions event next week in North Carolina.

Stricker knew that if he followed his plan, victory was all up to him.

“I felt like if I could walk around here today and not bogey and take care of the par 5s – birdie two or three of them – shoot 3-under par or 4-under par, it would take something really special on that round ‘ to hit him, he said.

Jim Furyk, the tournament host, flown four consecutive birdies on the back nine and rallied for a 69 to finish third, his best result of the year.

Stricker won $300,000 and is a solid No. 3 in the Charles Schwab Cup behind leaders Steven Alker, who did not play this week, and Padraig Harrington. There’s only one tournament left until the PGA Tour Champions postseason, but it will be longer before Stricker reappears.

This is the time of year he would most like to be in a stand of trees with a bow during deer season. He’s aiming to win at least twice in his last three events to move up the standings. He said he would consider competing in the Charles Schwab Cup championship in November given the job ahead.

For now, it’s an amazing conclusion to a year that began with Stricker having a health scare that hospitalized him for 11 days in November. His white blood cells were rising, his liver values ​​were falling, and inflammation around the heart was throwing it out of rhythm.

He returned in the last week of April and about six months later he’s leading the PGA Tour Champions with four wins that year.

“I didn’t know at all what to expect this season, so it was a lot of fun,” said Stricker. “That gave me a different perspective last fall. I’ve said that several times and it’s true. I’m blessed to be out here to play and do what I love to do.”


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