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Steve Stricker wins The Ally Challenge for ninth PGA TOUR Champions title

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Steve Stricker wins The Ally Challenge for ninth PGA TOUR Champions title

    Written by The Associated Press

    Steve Stricker makes birdie on No. 16 at Ally Challenge

    GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Steve Stricker won The Ally Challenge on Sunday at Warwick Hills for his second PGA TOUR Champions victory of the season and ninth overall.

    The 55-year-old Stricker closed with a 5-under 67 — rebounding from a bogey on the 12th with four straight birdies — for a one-stroke victory over Brett Quigley.

    “I didn’t play that well early on and I told (wife/caddie) Nicki, I’m like, `We’ve just got to be patient and just keep plugging along,’” Stricker said. “It was a little bit different day, it was windy, it was a little bit harder, I thought.

    “Then I had that stretch of four holes where I made four in a row and that was the difference. I just kept plugging."

    Stricker won after fellow Madison, Wisconsin, player Jerry Kelly helped him with his putting.

    “It’s about time he helps me,” Stricker said. “You know, I help him all the time. No, seriously, him and Nicki got me on the putting green after the first round. I didn’t putt very good the first round and they noticed a couple things. Jerry got right in there, he helped me. He knows my putting stroke as much as I know his, so we help each other and he came through for me this time. I owe him this one because all of a sudden it clicked and I was off and running.”

    Stricker also won a major at the Regions Tradition in May in Alabama.

    Quigley finished with a 68.

    Jeff Maggert was third at 13 under after a 65.

    Second-round leader Scott Dunlap (71) and Padraig Harrington (66) tied for fourth at 12 under. Harrington won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open last week in upstate New York.

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