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By the Numbers: Stricker’s Striking Form

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By the Numbers: Stricker’s Striking Form


    Written by Connor Stange @ChampionsTour

    With his victory at the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, Steve Stricker continued his impressive run of form on PGA TOUR Champions. Stricker won by six strokes in Hawaii after posting his low score in a 54-hole event (193) and low round on the Champions Tour (60 in the second round), starting 2023 where he left off in 2022. Here is a closer look at how impressive his recent run has been:

    Current Streak

    The win at Hualalai was Stricker’s third consecutive victory on PGA TOUR Champions after he hoisted trophies in each of his last two starts of 2022 – at the Sanford International and the Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS. Stricker became the ninth player in Champions Tour history to win three consecutive starts and first since Fred Couples in 2010.

    Players with Three Consecutive Wins on PGA TOUR Champions

    PlayerYear Achieved
    Steve Stricker2023
    Fred Couples2010
    Jay Haas2006
    Loren Roberts2006
    Craig Stadler2004
    Gil Morgan1998
    Lee Trevino1992
    Chi Chi Rodriguez1987
    Bob Charles1987

    Dating back to August 2022, Stricker has won four of his last five starts on PGA TOUR Champions. During that span, he has beaten 348 of 350 competitors.

    Steve Stricker’s Last Five Starts on PGA TOUR Champions

    TournamentResult
    2022 Ally ChallengeWon
    2022 Ascension Charity Classic3rd
    2022 Sanford InternationalWon
    2022 Constellation FURYK & FRIENDSWon
    2023 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at HualalaiWon

    12 Wins

    Stricker’s win at Hualalai was his 12th victory on PGA TOUR Champions, which moved him into T24 on the all-time wins list. The 55-year-old is currently the youngest player among those with 12 or more wins.

    Most Wins on PGA TOUR Champions by Active Players

    Overall RankPlayer Wins
    2Bernhard Langer 44
    T14Jay Haas18
    T17Fred Couples14
    T21Miguel Angel Jimenez13
    T24Steve Stricker12
    T24Tom Lehman12
    T27Jerry Kelly11
    T27Scott McCarron11

    25%

    Stricker’s win at Hualalai, which came in his 48th start on PGA TOUR Champions, improved his winning percentage to 25.0%, the highest of any player in Champions Tour history with 10 or more wins. It is also the fourth-fewest starts it has taken for a player to earn his 12th win on PGA TOUR Champions.

    Highest Winning Percentage on PGA TOUR Champions (Among Players with 10 or More Wins)

    Overall RankPlayerWinning PercentageWins / Starts
    1Steve Stricker25.0%12 / 48
    2Bernhard Langer13.9%44 / 317
    3Jack Nicklaus11.9%10 / 84
    4Fred Couples10.1%14 / 138
    5Miguel Angel Jimenez9.4%13 / 138

    Fastest to 12 Wins in PGA TOUR Champions History

    RankPlayerStart #Year Achieved
    1Don January331984
    2Miller Barber421984
    3Gil Morgan471998
    4Steve Stricker482023
    5Gary Player531988

    Career Overview

    Since breaking through for his first win on PGA TOUR Champions at the 2018 Cologuard Classic in his eighth start, the longest Stricker has gone without a win is seven consecutive tournaments. He won the 2019 U.S. Senior Open, then waited until the 2021 Chubb Classic to find the winner’s circle, going 0-for-6 in 2020.

    Steve Stricker’s Wins by Season on PGA TOUR Champions

    SeasonWinsStarts
    201706
    201837
    201929
    2020-21213
    2022412
    202311

    Results Breakdown

    Stricker has made 48 starts and played 151 rounds on PGA TOUR Champions. Here is the breakdown:

    PGA TOUR ChampionsQuantityNotes
    Wins1225.0% of his starts
    Top-3s2756.2% of his starts
    Top-5s3164.6% of his starts
    Top-10s4083.3% of his starts
    Rounds in the 60s10670.2% of his rounds
    Rounds of 65 or better3221.2% of his rounds

    What’s Next?

    The next time Stricker tees it up, he will be making his 49th start on PGA TOUR Champions. With a win in his next start:

    • He would become just the second player in PGA TOUR Champions history to win four consecutive starts, joining Chi Chi Rodriguez (1987).

    • He would become the first player in PGA TOUR Champions history to earn five wins in a six-start span.

    • It would be the third-fewest starts it has taken for a player to earn his 13th win on PGA TOUR Champions.

    Fastest to 13 Wins in PGA TOUR Champions History

    RankPlayerStart #Year Achieved
    1Don January411984
    2Miller Barber431984
    3Gil Morgan531998
    4Hale Irwin561997
    5Bernhard Langer612010

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