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MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT 3rd round: Stricker has 3 stroke lead heading to final round

Steve Stricker (photo by megasportsnews.com)

Wisconsin native Steve Stricker is the man to catch on Sunday at the Memorial Tournament.

He has had a fantastic three rounds shooting a 68, 67 and 68 for a 12-under-par 204 and a three shot lead over his pal on the TOUR, Jonathan Byrd.

The 44-year-old Stricker, the world’s #8 golfer, Has competed in 11 Memorial Tournaments, and his best finish was a 13th in 1996.

To start his third round, Stricker recorded an eagle-2 on the 442-yard second hole with a 53 degree SW from 116 yards out. He followed three holes later with an eagle-3 on the 529-yard fifth hole. The last eagle on number-2 was by Chris Perry in 2001.

Stricker is the 13th player since 1983 to record eagles on a par-3, par-4 and par-5 in the same week (in stroke play events on TOUR). It is the first time in Memorial Tournament history. Rocco Mediate was the last to accomplish the feat at the 2010 Frys.com Open.

In Stricker’s first 592 holes this season he had two eagles. He has three in his last 20 holes.

Stricker is the only player in the field to post his opening three rounds in the 60′s. The last player to record four rounds in the 60′s at the Memorial was Bart Bryant on his way to the win in 2005 (69-69-66-68). Four rounds in the 60′s has only been accomplished eight times in Memorial Tournament history, with Fred Couples (1988 and 2004) the only player to do it twice. the others include Hal Sutton (1986), Paul Azinger (1993), Tom Lehman (1994), Steve Elkington (1995) and Tiger Woods (2001). Only Elkington and Couples, in 2004, did not win the tournament.

Stricker currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, home of the Badgers, but he is a University of Illinois alumnus.

He’s been on TOUR since 1990 and has 9 wins in the books.

He has won the PGA Tour’s comeback player of the year twice, in 2006 and 2007.

 

 

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