Stricker breaks through in playoff to grab victory

Monday, June 1, 2009

Steve Stricker has all sorts of top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season. Now he has the best one, too.

Stricker birdied the second hole of a playoff with Tim Clark and Steve Marino to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday. Stricker finished second, third, fourth, sixth and seventh this year before breaking through at Colonial.

The 42-year-old Stricker shot a 2-under 68 to match Marino (68) and Clark (70) at 17-under 263.

On the par-4 17th on the second extra hole, Stricker put his approach to 4 feet, and Clark almost matched it -- but his approach hit the stick and rolled more than 20 feet away. He missed his birdie try and Stricker made his.

Champions Tour

Mark McNulty won the Principal Charity Classic in West Des Moines, Iowa, for his seventh Champions Tour victory, beating Fred Funk with a 30-foot birdie putt on the fourth hole of a playoff.

-- The Associated Press

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