Steve Stricker entered the final round of the John Deere Classic at the TPC Deere Run in Illinois with a chance at a four-peat in the event, however a bogey plagued back-nine left him 4-shots off the lead. Only 4-golfers have ever won the same tournament 4-times in a row; Tom Morris Jr., Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen and Tiger Woods, who did it twice.
Stricker ended the week 16-under par in a tie for 5th place. He entered the final round in 2nd place, 3-shots behind Troy Matteson but couldn’t find his stroke when it mattered most…
Matteson and Zach Johnson carded 20-under par tournaments and went to a playoff where Johnson won on the 2nd hole. Jerry Kelly was 9-under for the week and finished tied for 36th.
Stricker and fellow Wisconsinite Mark Wilson will cross the pond this week for the British Open from Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s in England. It’s Golf’s 3rd Major Championship of the season.