Steve Stricker Continues Dominance on the PGA Tour of Champions
Steve Stricker is having a record-breaking season on the PGA Tour of Champions. The 56-year-old golfer claimed his sixth title of the year at the Sanford International on Sunday, further establishing himself as nearly unbeatable in senior golf.
With this victory, Stricker earned an impressive $300,000, bringing his total earnings for the year just short of $4 million. This sets a new record for the most money earned in a single season on the senior tour, showcasing Stricker’s exceptional performance and skill.
During the final round of the Sanford International, Stricker shot a remarkable 4-under 66 to edge out K.J. Choi by one stroke. His exceptional play included sinking a 20-foot eagle putt on the 12th hole, catching up with Choi, who finished his tournament with a solid 65. Stricker then secured his victory with consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th holes.
Reflecting on his win, Stricker described it as a battle, acknowledging the challenges of trying to win on Sundays. However, he also expressed the rewarding feeling that comes with emerging victorious in such situations.
Stricker went into Sunday’s round with a one-shot lead, which briefly slipped away as Choi surged ahead. Nevertheless, Stricker’s determination and consistency prevailed once again, allowing him to catch up with Choi and secure yet another win.
Remarkably, Stricker has not finished worse than eighth in any tournament this year. Adding to his impressive performance, three of his six wins were senior majors, further solidifying his place as a dominant force in senior golf. Additionally, this victory marks Stricker’s third time winning the Sanford Invitational, highlighting his affinity for the tournament.
Earlier in the season, Stricker made history by surpassing Tiger Woods for the most consecutive rounds under par. With five tournaments remaining on the PGA Tour Champions, he is now just three victories away from setting a new record for the most wins in a single season.
The success of Steve Stricker this season is a testament to his exceptional skill and consistency on the PGA Tour of Champions. As he continues to dominate the senior tour, it will be exciting to see if he can achieve his goal of surpassing the record for most wins in a single season. Golf enthusiasts and fans alike will undoubtedly keep a close eye on Stricker’s performance in the remaining tournaments of the year.
Savannah Leigh Richardson is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. For more golf coverage, you can follow her on Twitter @SportsGirlSL and Instagram @savannah_leigh_sports. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough as well.