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Stricker overtakes Woods in standings

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Given another chance to win a playoff event, Steve Stricker delivered back-to-back birdies to cap off a wild Labor Day finish and win the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday, moving past Tiger Woods to the top of the FedEx Cup standings.

One week after missing a 10-foot par putt to force overtime, Stricker rolled in a 15-foot birdie on the 17th hole, then hit a delicate chip to tap-in range on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 67 one-shot victory over Jason Dufner and Scott Verplank in Norton, Mass.

The victory was his third of the year, and moved Stricker to a career-high No. 2 in the world ranking.

Better yet, he has a 909-point lead over Woods in the FedEx Cup with two tournaments remaining. Because the points will be reset after next week in Chicago, Stricker is assured of being no worse than the No. 2 seed and will have a chance at the Tour Championship to go after the $10 million prize.

LPGA Tour

Norway's Suzann Pettersen won the Canadian Women's Open for her first LPGA Tour win in nearly two years, closing with a 1-under 70 for a five-stroke victory Sunday at Priddis Greens in Priddis, Alberta.

The tall Norwegian finished at 15-under 269 after opening rounds of 65, 68 and 66. Since winning five times in 2007, she had six runner-up finishes, including a playoff loss last weekend in Oregon.

Champions Tour

Jeff Sluman overcame a six-stroke deficit at Pebble Beach to successfully defend his Walmart First Tee Open title, acing the fifth hole and finishing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Sluman, who started the day tied for fifth after a second-round 73, had four birdies and the hole-in-one on the 187-yard fifth to finish at 10-under 206. He has three Champions Tours victories after winning six times on the PGA Tour.

-- The Associated Press


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