August 11 2013
Steve Stricker has won 12 times on the PGA TOUR.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- If Steve Stricker ends an 0-for-59 winless streak in the majors at the PGA Championship today, he'll become the second oldest major champion, as well.
Stricker's best finish in any of golf's four crown jewels came at the 1998 PGA Championship when Vijay Singh beat him by two strokes at Sahalee Country Club. That was one of 11 top-10s, with the most recent a tie for eighth at the U.S. Open.
Stricker will start the final round at 5 under, tied with Adam Scott who will join him at the first tee at 2:35 p.m. The two, who are playing in the third from last group, trail Jim Furyk by five strokes.
"There's a lot of great players up there on top," Stricker said. "Furyk's obviously playing well. Adam Scott is up there. It's going to be a lot of fun. We have got 18 holes left so there is a lot that can happen in that stretch of golf. Just have to be patient and go out there and hopefully get off to a good start and get right in the mix real early."
Stricker is 46 years, 5 months and 10 days old today so if he gets the job done, he would be the oldest player to win his first major since 1960. But Julius Boros is the oldest major champ in history -- he was 48 years, 4 months and 18 days old when he won the 1968 PGA Championship.
Old Tom Morris and Jack Nicklaus were also 46 when they won the 1867 Open Championship and 1986 Masters, respectively. But Stricker is two months older than Morris and two months and seven days older than Nicklaus.
Stricker's strategy for Sunday is to get off to a good start and assess the situation as the round progresses.
"If I can get an early birdie and get some momentum going and maintain that, which is difficult on a course like this, ... because there's usually a time or two you are going to hit it in the rough and par becomes a challenge," Stricker said. "(Sunday) hopefully everything goes well and I have a chance coming down the back nine."
Lee Westwood, with 62, currently leads the list of players who have made the most starts in a major without a victory. The 40-year-old starts the final round at 3 under and six strokes off the pace.
Miguel Angel Jimenez is second in that category with 61 while Sergio Garcia has played in 60 without a win.