by Jeff Skinner
It was perfect timing for the PGA Tour and a great day for Steve Stricker yesterday. The Northern Trust Open finished up a little yearly, just in time for all of us to switch to The Super Bowl and Steve Stricker finished what he had come so close to doing last year: winning at Riviera Country Club. Stricker fell one shot short of tying Phil Mickelson last year but there was no doubt this year. Luke Donald made a valiant effort shooting five under and finished two back of Stricker. Stricker started the final round with a six shot lead and while his one under par 70 wasn’t spectacular it was enough to give him the win.
Stricker earns his money with straight drives and as the saying goes he”…putts for dough.” He led the field in putts per round and was third in putts per greens in regulation. His driver isn’t long but it is accurate, he was tied for tenth in driving accuracy. A good big stick and a hot flat stick: it is the perfect combination.
Steve Stricker is one of the truly nice, sincere and unassuming gentlemen on The PGA Tour. He also is now number two in the World Golf Rankings. Nice guys don’t finish last.