AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Steve Stricker obtained the Bridgestone Seniors Gamers Championship on Sunday at complex Firestone for his second victory of the 365 days and third predominant title.
Eight strokes forward within the third spherical and 4 in front entering the closing spherical, Stricker closed with an very ideal-par 70 for a six-stroke victory over defending champion and Wisconsin buddy Jerry Kelly.
“It used to be so no longer easy,” Stricker acknowledged. “It’s so no longer easy to possess a lead. And then to play with a friend, Jerry, out there, typically it’s his dwelling direction. This is precisely what he grew up on in Madison, Wisconsin. He plays well right here. I’d disclose that he used to be playing well and I’m ideal looking out to hold on. It’s tricky to play when you’re no longer that aggressive, however I’m fully jubilant. It used to be a important war.”
Stricker executed at 7-under 273 on the South Course. The U.S. Ryder Cup captain opened with a 63, shot 68 within the second spherical and 72 within the third.
Kelly bogeyed four of the final 5 holes in a 72. He used to be coming off a victory two weeks ago within the American Family Insurance Championship, the tour tournament that Stricker runs in their location of initiating place of Madison.
“Appropriate a factual golf direction,” Kelly acknowledged. “I mean, to shoot even par when you’ve obtained a lead love that, that’s tricky. I’ll well well well perchance possess needed to shoot 4 under to take him.”
Stricker rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 fourth with birdies on the par-4 sixth, par-3 seventh and par-4 ninth to construct the flip at 9 under. He dropped strokes on the encourage nine on the par-4 11th and 13th.
He obtained the Chubb Classic in April in Florida, then squandered leads within the first two senior majors of the 365 days, falling to Alex Cejka within the Regions Tradition in Alabama and Senior PGA Championship in Oklahoma.
“I knew that I had the lead within the opposite two and didn’t come away with a victory in either one amongst them,” Stricker acknowledged. “It used to be even tougher this skill that of I had that within the encourage of my thoughts, so it skill important extra that I used to be ready to come encourage out on top.”
Accomplice Nicki labored as his caddie.
“It’s frequently abundant to possess her out right here,” Stricker acknowledged. “She’s a chilled affect and we work well together. Yeah, it’s factual. She gentle enjoys popping out, the kids gentle revel in popping out, so it’s a complete lot of fun.”
Stricker has has seven senior victories after successful 12 cases on the PGA Tour. He earned a converse in The Gamers Championship at the TPC Sawgrass next March.
“Looking ahead to that,” Stricker acknowledged. “I obtained on this 365 days on Thursday morning, so next 365 days I catch a little bit extra note and prep. Looking ahead to that. It’s frequently fun to head to The Gamers Championship.
Fred Couples shot a 67 to tie for third with David Toms (70) at even par. Ernie Els (72) used to be fifth at 2 over. Jim Furyk (73) used to be one other stroke encourage.