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January 9 2012

11:25 PM

Stricker likes the back nine

KAPALUA, Hawaii – With the final group now having reached the back nine in Monday’s final round, the advantage would seem to be in Steve Stricker’s favor.

Stricker leads the 27-man field this week in back nine scoring average. He’s a collective 14 under through the first three rounds on the back nine of the Plantation Course.

The last five holes have been particularly productive for Stricker – he’s a collective 13 under on those closing holes this week, and he birdied each of the final four holes in Sunday’s third round.

Here’s a look at the leaders and their back-nine averages this week:

Player Back-nine average Rank this week
Steve Stricker 32.33 1st
Webb Simpson 35.00 T-7th
Jonathan Byrd 35.00 T-7th
Martin Laird 34.67 T-4th
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