Steve Stricker shot a bogey-free 4-under 69 on Sunday to capture his first Champions Tour title at the Cologuard Classic.
Stricker entered the day down one to overnight leader Tommy Tolles, but turned that a one-shot deficit into a two-stroke victory by finishing with a clean card comprised of four birdies and 14 pars.
“I didn’t make a bogey today, which I’m really proud of, and made some really good saves to do that. Just hung in there and finished it off,” said Stricker, fighting back tears in a post-round TV interview.
“It’s a relief, to tell you the truth. It all worked out finally. It’s been a challenge out here. I put a little extra pressure on myself to try to win.
“I’ve been close, let one get away here last year, so it’s finally really a nice feeling to finally pull one out.”
Jerry Kelly shot a low-round 65 to secure a share of second-place alongside Scott Dunlap (71) and Gene Sauers (70).
1 Steve Stricker -14 ($255k)
2 Jerry Kelly -12 ($124k)
2 Gene Sauers -12 ($124k)
2 Scott Dunlap -12 ($124k)
5 Bob Estes -10 ($66k)
5 Olin Browne -10 ($66k)
5 Rocco Mediate -10 ($66k)
5 Doug Garwood -10 ($66k)
9 Billy Andrade -9 ($43k)
9 Jeff Maggert -9 ($43k)
9 Woody Austin -9 ($43k)
9 Tommy Tolles -9 ($43k)
“I’ll cherish it forever. It means a lot. It’s my first Champions Tour win and it was a battle – and it always is – and it means a lot.”
– Steve Stricker
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