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Hat-Trick For Stricker

Steve joins elite list with third successive win

Posted Jul 12, 2011 by Chris White

Stricker won it with a 25 foot putt on the 18th

In a rollercoaster afternoon at the John Deere Classic, Steve Stricker made it three wins in a row at the competition, and did so in some style. Stricker, only the tenth golfer since World War II to win a tournament three straight times, sank a 25-foot putt from off the green on the 18th to win by one stroke from Kyle Stanley.

Stricker, who lead by five shots at the turn, fell two strokes behind Stanley having bogeyed both the 15th and 16th holes that had seemed to indicate and end to his reign as champion, but Stanley, who parred the 17th to take a lead onto the final hole, missed a putt from 9 feet which re-opened the door for Stricker. Stricker was back in the contest after tapping home a 15-foot birdie on the 17th, but found the bunker on the 18th.

With one foot in the sand, Stricker found the fringe of the green in what can only be described as a tournament saving stroke. The rest, as they say, is history, as Stricker sent the ball from the fringe right into the middle of the cup to take the victory by one stroke, finishing 22-under par with a tournament total of 262.

He won the 2010 competition having finished 26-under par, and a year before, he carded a round of 20-under par.

It wasn’t all heartbreak for the 23-year old Stanley, however, as he clinched a place at this week’s Open as the best finisher in the John Deere Classic who hadn’t already qualified for the event at Sandwich. Although I’m sure he would’ve liked to be travelling to Kent having wrapped up his first PGA Tour victory.

Stricker joins an illustrious list of other treble winners, which includes a few names you might have heard of – Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Ben Hogan and Johnny Miller. Not a bad list to join!

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