If Steve Stricker wins the 2021 Phoenix Open, Steve Stricker will end eight years without a title, and just surpass Sam Snead legend, becoming the oldest PGA Tour golfer.
Stricker, 53, is on the Phoenix Open championship pool. After 36 holes, he stood T2 at -11, one stroke behind Xander Schauffele at the top of the table.
Stricker was born on February 23, 1967. He entered the PGA Tour since 1994, so far won 12 championships, including the last time in the Tournament of Champions 2012. Since 2017, Stricker entered the Champions League and won another five trophies at the age of 53. However, he still competition for PGA Tour because of the remaining membership.
Snead set a record for the PGA Tour championship age at the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open. At that time, Snead was 52 years old and 10 months and eight days old. With that victory, Snead also reached 82 titles of PGA Tour. This is also the performance ceiling that so far only Tiger Woods has caught up.
The second round of Phoenix Open on February 5, Stricker hit 66 sticks with a caddy and wife, Nicki. This stage, he passed 17 holes without bogey, scored six birdies on the par71 field, but unfortunately in the last hole – hole 9, par4. At the time, Stricker played 295 yards to the right of the fairway, 161 yards from the target. “I hesitated when I picked a club and finally took the number 8 iron to go green. That was too bad,” he said, the only mistake in the second round.
After Stricker gets off the club, the ball goes into the center of the bunker to the right of the latching zone. He exited but pointed to the edge of the green and lost two bogey pin putts. This is his second bogey from the start of the tournament. Without making that mistake, Stricker would have reached the top of the table.
All round, he averaged 294 yards, hit eight of the 14 fairways, went green according to the standard of 12 holes and 24 shots.
In September this year, Stricker will lead the US team to compete in the Ryder Cup with Europe at the Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.
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