BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Steve Stricker accomplished a wire-to-wire victory Sunday within the Areas Custom, closing with a 4-under 68 for a 6-stroke victory and his fourth PGA Tour Champions main title.
Stricker’s second Custom win at Greystone Golf & Nation Membership got here in his third occasion since getting back from a six-month absence for well being causes. Two straight birdies punctuated the dominant efficiency.
“It has been a very long time,” the emotional Stricker stated. “I hate crying, however the place I used to be final November and even a few months in the past — to return full-circle right here, it means rather a lot.”
He had his twentieth consecutive spherical below par on the Founder’s Course, ending at 21-under 267 for his eighth victory over the 50-and-over tour.
Padraig Harrington completed second, birdieing the ultimate two holes for a 68.
Steven Alker was within the group at 14 below after a 72. He has completed 4 straight tournaments within the prime three, profitable twice.
World Golf Corridor of Famer Ernie Els, who had his third 68 in 4 days, additionally was at 14 below with Rod Pampling (67), Stuart Appleby (69) and 2018 winner Miguel Angel Jimenez (70).
Stricker punctuated the win with a birdie from the bunker on 17 that put him at 20 below for the primary time, receiving a congratulatory fist bump from Alker. It ended a string of 11 straight pars.
Stricker spent almost two weeks within the hospital throughout his well being scare and misplaced 25 kilos.
“I did not know what to anticipate popping out three weeks in the past,” Stricker stated. “I did not know if I might make it three weeks in a row.”
His spouse, Nicki, served as his caddie.
Stricker, who led by at the least two photographs after every of the primary three rounds, doubled his three-stroke lead over Alker inside the first 5 holes. He nursed the lead residence earlier than the bunker birdie.
Stricker has completed all 10 rounds since his return inside the highest 10, together with a tie for second on the Insperity Invitational. It was his fourth straight yr at Greystone ending within the ultimate group, together with a win in 2019 and runners-up finishes in 2018 and 2021.
He misplaced on a playoff gap to Alex Cejka a yr in the past however did not go away room for any drama on the finish this time.