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July 15 2012

4:35 PM

Stricker's march toward history

2011 John Deere Classic

Watch Steve Stricker's incredible fairway bunker shot and ensuing 25-foot birdie putt to win on the 72nd hole at the 2011 John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.

With a victory today at the John Deere Classic, Steve Stricker would ... 1. Become the fifth player in history to win a tournament four times in succession, joining Tom Morris, Jr., British Open (1868-70, 1872), Walter Hagen, PGA Championship (1924-27), Gene Sarazen, Miami Open (1926, 1928-30) and Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard (2000-03) and Farmers Insurance Open (2005-08). 2. Win for the 13th time on the PGA TOUR. 3. Notch his 10th of 13 career wins since he turned 40. Vijay Singh owns the TOUR record with 22 wins in his 40s, while Sam Snead is second with 17. 4. Projected to move inside the top 5 of the FedExCup standings. 5. Win multiple times in each of the past four seasons. Stricker talked with SiriusXM Satellite radio before his round. "I’ve got to do some catching up today," said Stricker, who was encouraged with the way he hit the ball at the range last night. "Just go out there and try to play my game. See if it’s good enough and see if I can put a little heat on Troy (Matteson) throughout the course of the day. "We’ll see what happens. It should be fun."
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