Steve Stricker closed with a 4-under 68 to claim a six-shot victory over Billy Andrade, Paul Goydos, and David Toms at the Regions Tradition.
Stricker chipped in for birdie on the par-3 fourth hole at Greystone en route a to a bogey-free final round to reach 18-under 270.
It was the Wisconsin native’s fourth win in 18 Champions Tour starts, and his first major championship of any kind. He becomes the 15th player to make the Regions Tradition his first major victory. For the win, Stricker earned $360,000 and will move to No. 7 in the Charles Schwab Cup race.
“It was finally good to get this under my belt, get a major win out here on the Champions Tour. Never was able to do that on the regular tour, so this is the next best thing,” said Stricker, who will compete in this week’s PGA Championship on a special exemption.
Final Top-5 Finishers
Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Steve Stricker -18 (-4)
2. Billy Andrade -12 (E)
2. Paul Goydos -12 (-2)
2. David Toms -12 (E)
5. Steve Stricker -11 (-1)
The Trophy Pic
“I mean, I wish I would have won one out there [PGA Tour]; nothing can compare to that, I think, winning a major out on the regular tour. But to win one out here, this is the next level, I guess. To show myself that I’m able to handle the heat down the end on the last day. I hit some really quality shots today, so I’ll take a lot from that.”
– Steve Stricker