Sunday, July 11, 2010

Steve Stricker Wins the 2010 John Deere Classic

When Steve Stricker went to bed on Saturday night he had to like his chances of winning the John Deere Classic at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, IL for the second year in a row. Stricker held a six stroke lead that was good for the PGA Tour 54-hole scoring record of 188 (25-under par).

Early in Stricker's final round on Sunday he stretched that lead to seven strokes, but that lead dwindled to two strokes on the back nine. After playing spectacularly for the first three rounds of the tournament, Stricker had a ho-hum final round that consisted of four birdies (1, 2, 10, and 17) and three bogeys (4, 11, and 18) for a 1-under-par 70.

Steve Stricker and Paul Goydos were white hot on Thursday when Stricker shot 60 but was trumped by Goydos who shot a 59 (tied for the lowest round in PGA Tour history, only the 4th 59 recorded in PGA Tour History).

The 60 on Thursday helped Stricker set the John Deere Classic tournament scoring record (258 strokes, 26-under par) en route to beating Goydos by two strokes.

Going into Sunday, Stricker had a chance to break the PGA Tour 72-hole scoring record of 254 and the PGA Tour 72-hole record for birdies of 32 birdies. Unfortunately, Stricker fell four strokes short of the scoring record and one birdie short of the birdie record.

Three other Cheeseheads competed in the 2010 John Deere Classic: Mark Wilson finished tied for 39th, Skip Kendall finished 74th, and J.P. Hayes tied for 92nd (missed the cut).

Stricker is one of the most liked guys on the PGA Tour, the only real knock against Sticker is that he is a Bears fan (source) which makes me somewhat question whether he is a real Cheesehead.

All kidding aside, Sunday was a deserved Funday for the Stricker family. The native Cheesehead won $792,000 en route to his second PGA Tour victory of 2010, and his 9th career victory on the PGA Tour.

Stricker Notes (as of 07/11/2010):
- 1st PGA Tour victory of the 2010 season came at the 2010 Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA shooting 268 (-16) and earned $1,152,000.
- 2nd on the FedEx Cup points list behind Ernie Els.
- 4th on the PGA Tour money list, $2,963,122 earned.
- 2nd on the Ryder Cup points list behind Phil Mickelson.

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