I was home for a 4-day pass this weekend - though I'm now back in the states, I'm still on active duty while a few medical issues are taken care of - and was thrilled to be able to watch the Deutsche Bank Championship.
My favorite golfer, Steve Stricker, led after day one and held the lead going into the final round as well. The final round was filled with low scores and major championship winners. Stricker was tied for the lead at one point with 3 major champions and needed to birdie the final two holes to win. Showing great confidence and nerves, he did exactly that and won his third tournament of the year.
What's great about this win is that it moves him into first place in the FedEx Cup race and to the No. 2 spot in the world rankings. In fact, this year Stricker is second only to Tiger Woods in wins, top-ten finishes, money earned and scoring average.
Stricker seems to have found his confort zone in the PGA Tour Playoffs. Since they began in 2007, he has 2 wins, 6 top-tens, and more rounds in the 60s than any other player.
What really impresses me about Stricker's play this year though is that in the first two Playoffs events he played the opening two rounds with Tiger and beat him both times. Most people don't beat Tiger head to head. They'll play the first two rounds together at Cog Hill just outside Chicago later this week, I hope Stricker can keep his streak going.