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June 4 2011

9:38 PM

Stricker comes back to field

DUBLIN, Ohio –- Steve Stricker is human, after all.

He has just bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16 at Muirfield Village. Suddenly, a Memorial Tournament that was threatening to be a runaway has gotten a little closer.

Stricker, who has played the front side in 14 under, is now 2 over on the back. He’s 12 under and leads Matt Kuchar, Jonathan Byrd and Brandt Jobe by four with two holes remaining.  Byrd is playing the 18th hole right now.

Stricker’s bogey at the par-5 15th was his first there in 22 rounds dating back to the second round in 1999. Interestingly, in his previous 11 Memorial appearances, Stricker is 8 over on the front and 16 under on the back.

He drove into the left rough at the par-5 15th, hit his second onto the bank beside the creek and chipped out into the fairway. His fourth landed 31 feet above the hole and he two-putted for the first bogey.

Stricker then was unable to get up and down from the greenside bunker at the difficult 16th hole. He missed a 4-footer there for par.

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