Steve Stricker goes wire-to-wire to win second Regions Tradition title

ByLois C

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Steve Stricker accomplished at a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Areas Tradition, closing with a 4-underneath 68 for a 6-stroke victory and his fourth PGA TOUR Champions important title.

Stricker’s next Locations Custom acquire at Greystone Golfing & Nation Club came in his 3rd event since returning from a six-thirty day period absence for health reasons. Two straight birdies punctuated the dominant general performance.

“It’s been a long time,” the emotional Stricker reported. “I despise crying, but wherever I was last November and even a few of months back — to occur total-circle below, it indicates a good deal.”

He experienced his 20th consecutive spherical under par on the Founder’s Course, ending at 21-under 267 for his eighth victory on the PGA TOUR Champions.

Paidrag Harrington completed second, birdieing the closing two holes for a 68.

Steven Alker was in the team at 14 under immediately after a 72. He has finished 4 straight tournaments in the top 3, successful two times.

World Golfing Hall of Famer Ernie Els, who experienced his third 68 in four times, also was at 14 below with Rod Pampling (67), Stuart Appleby (69) and 2018 winner Miguel Angel Jimenez (70).

Stricker punctuated the gain with a birdie from the bunker on 17 that set him at 20 less than for the initially time, acquiring a congratulatory fist bump from Alker. It finished a string of 11 straight pars.

Stricker used just about two weeks in the healthcare facility during his well being scare and dropped 25 lbs.

“I didn’t know what to hope coming out a few months ago,” Stricker said. “I didn’t know if I could make it 3 months in a row.”

His spouse, Nicki, served as his caddie.

Stricker, who led by at the very least two photographs just after each individual of the initial a few rounds, doubled his 3-stroke direct about Alker within just the first 5 holes. He nursed the guide home just before the bunker birdie.

Stricker has completed all 10 rounds considering the fact that his return inside the leading 10, such as a tie for 2nd at the Insperity Invitational. It was his fourth straight year at Greystone ending in the closing team, including a win in 2019 and runners-up finishes in 2018 and 2021.

He dropped on a playoff gap to Alex Cejka a yr ago, but failed to depart home for any drama at the close this time.

By Lois C