Sunday, July 11, 2010

Stricker's big weekend gives Day 4 cushion, John Deere Classic title

Steve Stricker shot a rather mundane 1-under 70 on the final day of the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., to win the tournament.

Stricker, a native of Edgerton, put himself in position to win the tourney following three rounds of magnificent golf and setting the record for lowest score through 54 holes in PGA history.

Stricker shot an 11-under 60 on the first day of the tournament, but flew under the radar due to Paul Goydos’ round of 59 – only the fourth sub-60 round in Tour history.

The Wisconsinite followed his opening round with a 66 and a 62 during the second and third rounds, respectively.

The buffer between the field was necessary as Goydos charged on Day 4, shooting a 5-under 66.

Stricker birdied the par-5 17th to give himself enough breathing room to hold off Goydos by two strokes and win the John Deere Classic for the second consecutive year.

The Wisconsin golfer won with a 258 (-26) with Goydos (260, -24) and Jeff Maggert (246, -20) rounding out the top three.

The victory is Stricker’s second of the season and gives him momentum headed into the third major tournament of the year, The British Open.

The Open Championship, as tournament organizers prefer it to be called, begins Thursday at St. Andrews Links in Fife, Scotland.

Goydos, who qualified for the British after this weekend’s performance, will join Stricker and the rest of the tour in attempting to dethrone defending champion Stewart Cink.

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