Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Steve Stricker Wins Memorial

With a three stroke lead, and only five holes left, Steve Stricker was forced to deal with a two hour weather delay. It has to be harder for the leader of a tournament to just be sitting around for 2 hours than it would for the other guys trying to catch him. It has to be hard to stay focused, and not worry about might go wrong with the final five holes. Not for Steve Stricker though, as the Wisconsin native finished at 16 under to take home the Memorial win.

He made clutch par putts on 15 and 16 to go on and win by one stroke. He held off Matt Kuchar and Brandt Jobe. Stricker won for the 10th time in his career, with seven of those wins coming within the past five years since he switched his swing. With this win he is now ranked number 4 in the world for golf, as in the highest American ranked player right now in golf. He also went over 30 million for career earnings, so he is really starting to make a name for himself.

With the U.S. Open coming right around the corner people are throwing Stricker's name out there as a front runner. As a golf fan I would love nothing more than Stricker winning the U.S. Open, but he just never seems to score in majors. Stricker always seems to make the cut, but never is in to make a run after Friday's round. He will be joined by Mark Wilson as the only two guys from Wisconsin in the Open. Jerry Kelly didn't qualify for it, so the odds for a Wisconsin boy to win the Open are even slimmer than usual.

Steve Stricker also got a hole in one this weekend, which capped off a good weekend for him. On Friday from 188 yards on hole 8 he was able to hit a two bouncer that rolled the final 4 feet right in the bottom of the cup. Click here to watch the video of the ace. I love golf, because after he hit the hole in one the guys he was playing with even gave him a high five. Good luck to Stricker as he goes for tour win number 11.


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