Madison’s Steve Stricker captured the first major of his professional golf career, winning his first senior major in Birmingham, Alabama. Stricker closed with a 4-under-par 68 for a six-shot victory at the weather-delayed Regions Tradition.
Stricker took a two-shot lead into the final round and then went bogey-free on Monday, finishing at 18-under-270. It was his fourth win in 18 PGA Tour Champions starts.
Stricker won 12 times on the PGA Tour but never captured a major. His best chance came at the 1998 PGA Championship, when he finished second to Vijay Singh. Stricker also was runner-up to Miguel Angel Jimenez at last year’s Regions Tradition.
Billy Andrade, Paul Goydos and David Toms tied for second, but Stricker had no challengers down the Stretch.
Stricker now has a quick turn-around as he’s schedules to compete at the PGA Championship later this week at Bethpage Black.