Stricker scored four under 68 for his six-stroke win and his fourth PGA Tour Champions main title; The 55-year-old has had a no worse record than second in each of his most recent appearances at the Traditional Area
Last Updated: 16/05/22 12:08 am
Ryder Cup-winning captain Steve Stricker clinched his fourth major title by wrapping up an impressive wire-to-wire victory at Regions Tradition in Alabama.
Stricker went four under 68 on his final day at Greystone Golf & Country Club to finish the week 21 under and six points ahead of nearest challenger Padraig Harrington, opposing team captain in Ryder Cup record success of the United States last September.
The win is Stricker’s eighth in the over-50s and second in the opening senior major of the year, having also won it in 2019, with the latest success coming in just the third event. of him since returning after a six-month absence due to health reasons.
“It’s been a long time [since winning]”, an emotional Stricker said after his win. I hate to cry, but where I was last November and even a few months ago, to be here fully, it means a lot. “
Stricker made a double birdie in the fifth second and caught another in the fifth, before finishing a streak of 11 consecutive pars by plunging from a beach bunker in the 17th minute and catching par-year final to the end. An impressive win.
Harrington beat his last two holes to close 68 and solo seconds, while Stricker’s teammate Steven Alker tied 72 to finish the week in third with Ernie Els, Rod Pampling, Stuart Appleby and 2018 winner Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Stricker has completed all 10 rounds since his return to the top 10, including a second-place draw at the Insperity Invitational. It was his fourth year in a row at Greystone finishing in the last group, including winning in 2019 and finishing second in 2018 and 2021.
Stricker added: “I don’t know what to expect coming out three weeks ago.