Steve Stricker Wins Third Major Title of 2023 on Champions Tour

Steve Stricker Wins 2023 Kaulig Companies Championship
Steve Stricker acknowledges the fans while holding up the trophy after winning the Kaulig Companies Championship at Firestone CC on July 16, 2023 in Akron, Ohio. (Photo by Tracy Wilcox for the PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Steve Stricker shot a 4-under 66 on Sunday at famed Firestone Country Club to claim a three-shot victory at the Kaulig Companies Championship (colloquially known as the Senior Players Championship).

The Wisconsin native ended on 11-under 269, three clear of David Toms (65), who finished alone in second on 8 under.

The victory was Stricker’s third Champions Tour major of the season. The 56-year-old won the Regions Tradition in May, then won again two weeks later at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. Ageless Bernard Langer, 65, who won the U.S. Senior Open earlier this month, is the season’s only other major winner.

The senior tour’s final major of 2023 is the Senior British Open, which will be contested in late July in Wales.

In all, Stricker has five victories on the season with a lead of more than $2 million over second-place Langer in the Schwab Cup money race.

“It’s fun getting in contention on a day like today and knowing that you have to do certain things. The more times I’ve been there, the more times I’ve been able to handle it,” said Stricker. “And that’s been the fun part, that’s what keeps me motivated to come out here and continue to play.”

One of the better players to never win a major championship, Stricker now owns seven career majors on the senior circuit.

“I won 12 times (on the regular tour), but I never got into contention like I’m getting into contention now (in the majors) on the Champions Tour. I have more cracks at it, more times to fail, more times to succeed,” said Stricker.

Stricker walkd away with a check for $525,000 and an invite to the 2024 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

“Yeah, it’s very special,” said Stricker. “You know, it’s our Players Championship. It gets me into The Players Championship next year on the regular Tour, which was a goal of mine to get back there again before the end of my career. Very excited. Very, very excited to be able to go back there.”



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