Stricker sets event record in victory
After 54-hole mark, he cards 1-under in finale to top Goydos
SILVIS, Ill. — Steve Stricker won the John Deere Classic for the second straight year Sunday, holding on for a two-shot victory after leading by seven strokes.
Stricker couldn’t match the shot-making that allowed him to record the lowest 54-hole total in PGA Tour history. But he came through with a critical birdie after driving into the trees on No. 17 — the second straight day he put his ball there — and closed with a 1under-par 70, just enough to beat Paul Goydos.
Stricker finished with a 258 — 26 under and a record for the tournament. Goydos, who dazzled the golf world with his 59 in the opening round, shot a solid 66 but still fell short of dethroning Stricker, who won for the second time this year and ninth time in his career.
“It’s a position you want to be in, with a big lead, but you know you have everything to lose,” Stricker said. “It’s a hard round to play. You don’t want to give shots away and then you end up playing a little safer than you normally do and it leads to tougher birdie putts.”
Jeff Maggert shot a 70 to finish six strokes back.
Steve Stricker shot a 258 over four days at John Deere Classic.