January 9 2012
KAPALUA, Hawaii – With a final-round 4-under 69, Steve Stricker won his first event in the state of Hawaii, claiming the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday by three strokes.
It’s was Stricker’s first win in six attempts at this event. He will enter next week’s Sony Open in Hawaii looking for his first win in Oahu in 13 starts.
With the win, Stricker collects 500 FedExCup points and assumes the early lead in that race.
The 44-year-old Stricker entered the final round with a five-shot lead but saw it reduced to one stroke on the front nine. But just like he did in Sunday’s third round, he built the lead back up on the closing holes at the Plantation Course.
Scotsman Martin Laird shot a 6-under 67 to finish in solo second at 20 under.
Webb Simpson and defending champion Jonathan Byrd each shot 68 to finish tied for third at 19 under.
The win is Stricker’s 12th of his career and ninth since he turned 40.