by Jeff Skinner
When Steve Stricker wins we usually get to see him get a little emotional during his interview when he chokes up about the win. After all, this is a golfer that was ready to quit but dragged himself from the hinterlands back to golf’s’ elite. We got to see Stricker show more than a bit of emotion on the course today as he snaked in a 25 foot putt on the eighteenth to seal his third consecutive win at The John Deere Classic.
Remember this is the guy that won the Comeback Player of the Year not once but twice. Stricker has proved he can play with the best but now he showed us he can fist pump with them also.
He has won seven tournaments since 2009. Earlier this year he won at The Memorial and currently is the only player with multiple wins in the last three seasons.
It wasn’t easy for Stricker as he lost his lead with bogeys on 15 and 16 while a streaking Kyle Stanley was making birdie on five of six holes. When Stanley bogeyed eighteen Stricker had an opening and he came through with the clinching, clutch putt on eighteen for his rollercoaster win.
He’s 44 and not getting older, he’s getting better. Eight of his eleven career wins have come since he turned 40.
Hopefully he’ll get some sleep on “Air Deere” as he jets off to the Open Championship where he must be considered a factor and hopes to bring home his first major.