Stricker sets event record in vic­tory

Af­ter 54-hole mark, he cards 1-un­der in fi­nale to top Goy­dos

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

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