Best Rounds of 2017: No. 7, Steve Stricker
His 63 in Round 2 in Tucson came during his PGA TOUR Champions debut
December 14, 2017
By Bob McClellan, PGATOUR.COM
- December 14, 2017
- Steve Stricker proved he would be a force on Tour after his debut in Tucson. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Editor's note: In deciding upon the 10 best rounds on PGA TOUR Champions this season, we had only a couple of criteria. First and foremost, the round had to be the lowest score that day. Yes, a 64 probably is a very good round. But if someone else shot a 62 that day, it’s hard to argue it deserves a spot in our countdown.
The other criterium was this, and it was pretty loose: The round had to mean something. It didn’t necessarily have to lead directly to a victory (though it did in several instances), but it had to make an impact on that player’s tournament finish and/or Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs standing.
Player: Steve Stricker
Tournament: Tucson Conquistadores Classic
Relation to par: 10 under
Key to round: Take your choice. The 3-under start after two holes, the sand save on 14 that came with a long twisting putt, or the three consecutive birdies that followed on Nos. 15-17.
What it meant: Stricker was two shots better than anyone else in the field and only two players were within four shots of his sizzling second round (Kevin Sutherland at 65 and Gene Sauers at 66). It was Stricker’s debut on PGA TOUR Champions, and he took the lead into the final round but was overtaken late by Tom Lehman and came in second.
“These guys, they've all proven themselves over the course of their career and they're out here for a reason,” said Stricker, who played only five more times on PGA TOUR Champions in 2017 and never finished higher. “They all play good golf. So I knew it was going to be a challenge today. Winning at any level is a challenge and it was no different today.”
Steve Stricker holds 3-shot lead at Tucson Conquistadores
No. 10: Mike Goodes, Round 3, Shaw Charity Classic
No. 9: Wes Short Jr., Final Round, 3M Championship
No. 8: Bernhard Langer, Round 1, The Senior Open Championship
No. 7: Steve Stricker, Round 2, Tucson Conquistadores Classic