Sunday, July 11, 2010

Stricker Wins John Deere Classic

Steve Stricker won his second consecutive John Deere Classic Sunday, even though on the final day he shot his weekend worst of a 70 which was 1-under par. But he was on fire Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. He shot an opening round 60 on Thursday which was a side note after Paul Goydos shot a 59. Paul was the fourth golfer of all time to shoot a 59 in a tour event, and the 12-under score was very impressive. Stricker on the other hand shot 60 on Thursday, 66 on Friday, and 62 on Saturday. He set the record for a 54 hole score with those three rounds.

Stricker hasn't been as hot as he was at the end of last season but has still played well this year. He really came to play this weekend, and was able to hold on Sunday after having a seven shot lead to win by two. Steve had a chance to break both the lowest total score, and most birdies for the tournament, but he just couldn't get into that groove on Sunday. Those would have been cool, but winning the event is the most important thing. So congrats to the Wisconsin native Stricker for his big win.

Another thing that is nice for Stricker is that he won the event right before the British Open. He must feel good right now about his game going into the year's third major. In 2007 Stricker finished tied for 8th in the British Open. He would also do well again in 2008 as he finished tied for 7th. Last year he just made the cut, and was never in the hunt for the title.

Stewart Cink is the defending champion as he beat Tom Watson in a playoff last year. Don't think you will be seeing these guys at the top of the leaderboard this year, but who knows. Will Tiger find his game like he did when he won the event in 2005 and 2006? Phil had a rough weekend in Scotland, will he be able to find his stroke? Or will someone make a name for themselves this week by winning their first British Open? Since the World Cup is over now take some time and check out the third Major of the year this weekend.


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