Stricker posted a four-under 68 for a six-stroke victory and his fourth PGA Tour Champions main title; 55-year-old has completed no worse than second in every of his final 4 appearances on the Areas Custom
Final Up to date: 16/05/22 12:08am
Ryder Cup-winning captain Steve Stricker secured his fourth senior main title by closing out a formidable wire-to-wire victory on the Areas Custom in Alabama.
Stricker posted a four-under 68 on the ultimate day at Greystone Golf & Nation Membership to finish the week on 21-under and 6 away from closest challenger Padraig Harrington, the opposing captain in USA's record-breaking Ryder Cup success final September.
The victory is Stricker's eighth on the over 50s circuit and second within the opening senior main of the yr, having additionally gained it in 2019, with the most recent success coming in simply his third occasion since getting back from a six-month absence for well being causes.
“It has been a very long time [since winning],” an emotional Stricker stated after his win. “I hate crying, however the place I used to be final November and even a few months in the past, to come back full-circle right here, it means lots.”
Stricker made a two-putt birdie on the par-five second and picked up one other shot on the fifth, earlier than ending a run of 11 straight pars by holing out from a greenside bunker on the seventeenth and birdieing the par-five final to shut out a formidable victory.
Harrington birdied his last two holes for a closing 68 and solo second, whereas Stricker's enjoying accomplice Steven Alker carded a level-par 72 to finish the week in tied-third with Ernie Els, Rod Pampling, Stuart Appleby and 2018 winner Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Stricker has completed all 10 rounds since his return contained in the top-10, together with a tie for second on the Insperity Invitational. It was his fourth straight yr at Greystone ending within the last group, together with a win in 2019 and runner-up finishes in 2018 and 2021.
“I did not know what to anticipate popping out three weeks in the past, Stricker added. “I did not know if I might make it three weeks in a row.”