Golf Today - Over 80000 pages of golf information
Golf News

Rapiscan Systems Classic 2018

DATES: March 23-25
SITE: Fallen Oak Golf Club, Saucier, Mississippi
PRIZE MONEY: $1,600,000

Round 3 - Steve Stricker wins second straight title

March 25, 2018

Steve Stricker pulled away on the back nine Sunday at Fallen Oak to win the Rapiscan Systems Classic for his second straight PGA Tour Champions victory.

The 51-year-old Stricker closed with a 4-under 68, birdieing all four par-5 holes on the Tom Fazio-designed layout with big and fast greens. He finished at 11-under 205 for a three-stroke victory over Billy Andrade.

Embed from Getty Images

''Anytime you're trying to win a golf tournament, it's challenging and tough,'' Stricker said. ''You've got nerves to deal with, and when things don't go well you think that you're not going to win. You've got to ride that emotional roller coaster and it was no different today. It was good to come down the stretch and hit the shots that I needed to hit down the stretch and finish it off the way I should.''

Stricker won the Cologuard Classic three weeks ago in Tucson, Arizona, for his first victory on the 50-and-over tour. He tied for 12th the following week in the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship, opposite the senior event in California that Vijay Singh won for his first senior title.

''When I start to play well, I'm fairly consistent,'' Stricker said. ''I just have been playing well so far this year. I've gotten off to some good starts, played well in a couple PGA Tour events, and then I've had chances to win out here.''

Stricker played the front nine in 1 under, with birdies on the par-5 first and sixth and a bogey on the par-4 fourth. He birdied the par-4 10th, bogeyed the par-4 11th, and put away the tournament with consecutive birdies on the par-4 12th, par-5 13th and par-4 15th.

''It's a challenge around here,'' Stricker said. ''There's a few good holes that you really have to avoid disaster. There's a couple par 3s that are very difficult. The wind is tricky at times.''

The Wisconsin player has seven top-three finishes in nine career senior starts. In addition to the two victories, he tied for second last month in his first Champions start of the year. In December, he teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the PGA Tour's unofficial QBE Shootout. Stricker has 12 PGA Tour victories and captained the winning U.S. Presidents Cup team last year.

He's playing the PGA Tour event in Houston next week, needing a victory to get into the Masters

''It's a totally different environment, it's different golf, it's a bigger course,'' Stricker said. ''It will be a challenge, but I'm in the best possible shape I can be mentally-wise. I feel good about my game and I'm going there with a little bit of confidence.''

Andrade closed with a 69.

''We just need Steve to stay on the regular tour,'' Andrade said. ''I mean, he doesn't need to come out here and ruin my spring. But I finished second here, this is my second time. I love the place and we're just so excited that we're playing here.''

Gene Sauers (66), Scott Parel (67), Jesper Parnevik (68) and David McKenzie (69) tied for third at 7 under.

Joe Durant, the first-round leader who began the round a stroke behind Stricker, had a 72 to tie for seventh with Billy Mayfair (67) at 6 under.

Bernhard Langer (66) was 5 under.

Sixty-year-old Jeff Sluman, a stroke back entering the round, shot a 74 to drop into a tie for 11th at 4 under. Two-time defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez had a 68 to tie for 33rd at even par.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Steve Stricker
-11
68
69
68
205
2
Billy Andrade
-8
69
70
69
208
T3
Gene Sauers
-7
70
73
66
209
T3
Scott Parel
-7
72
70
67
209
T3
Jesper Parnevik
-7
70
71
68
209

More scores

Round 2 - Steve Stricker takes 1-stroke lead in Rapiscan

March 24, 2018

Steve Stricker moved into position for his second straight PGA Tour Champions victory, shooting a 3-under 69 in gusting wind Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Rapiscan Systems Classic.

Stricker won the Cologuard Classic three weeks ago in Tucson, Arizona, for his first victory on the 50-and-over tour. He tied for 12th the following week in the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship.

Embed from Getty Images

''It was a tough day today. It was a grind out there,'' Stricker said. ''The wind made it very difficult. The greens are very quick, you just had to hit some shots. I made a couple putts on the back side that got things going a bit for me, so in a good spot heading into tomorrow.''

Stricker had a 7-under 137 total at Fallen Oak, the Tom Fazio-designed layout with big, speedy greens. First-round leader Joe Durant followed his opening 66 with a 72 to drop into a tie for second with Jeff Sluman (67). Stephen Ames (68) and Billy Andrade (70) were 5 under.

Stricker bogeyed Nos. 2-3, rebounded with birdies on Nos. 6-7, birdied the par-4 12th and ran in a 75-footer for eagle on the par-5 13th.

''Just trying to get it up there in a 3-foot circle, really, around that hole,'' Stricker said about the eagle. ''The wind was blowing pretty good at the time, and there's a lot of variables. Up the hill, it had a pretty big break to it. Just tried to lag it up there. Sometimes those are the ones that you end up making.''

The 51-year-old Wisconsin player has six top-three finishes in eight career senior starts, tying for second behind Durant in the Chubb Classic last month in Naples, Florida.

''I don't feel as much pressure, but still feel the pressure to try to win,'' Stricker said. ''It will be a challenge tomorrow for everybody who's up around the lead. I think we're going to get a little breezy day again tomorrow and the greens are still fast.''

Durant had an early double bogey and bogey.

''It was tough,'' Durant said. ''The wind was gusty and the greens were fast, so that combination makes it really difficult.''

The 60-year-old Sluman won the last of his six senior titles in 2014.

''Very, very difficult,'' Sluman said. ''I think our officials did a great job of setting the golf course up. We had a few tees up on really long holes that were into the wind.''

Mark Calcavecchia, a stroke back after a first-round 67, had a 75 that left him tied for eighth at 2 under.

Two-time defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez was tied for 45th at 4 over after a 76.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Steve Stricker
-7
68
69
137
T2
Jeff Sluman
-6
71
67
138
T2
Joe Durant
-6
66
72
138
T4
Stephen Ames
-5
71
68
139
T4
Billy Andrade
-5
69
70
139
6
David McKenzie
-4
69
71
140
7
Jesper Parnevik
-3
70
71
141
T8
Jerry Smith
-2
74
68
142
T8
Tim Petrovic
-2
73
69
142
T8
Scott McCarron
-2
72
70
142
T8
Scott Parel
-2
72
70
142
T8
Kevin Johnson
-2
71
71
142
T8
Mark Calcavecchia
-2
67
75
142

Round 1 - Joe Durant takes Rapiscan lead with 66

March 23, 2018

Joe Durant had three straight birdies in a back-nine burst and a shot 6-under 66 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Rapiscan Systems Classic.

Durant birdied the par-4 11th and 12th and par-5 13th in the bogey-free round at breezy and rain-softened Fallen Oak. Because of the wet conditions, players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairway.

Embed from Getty Images

''It just sets up nice to my eye,'' Durant said. ''It's a beautiful golf course and it's very challenging. The tee shots seem to set up well for me, but the greens are maybe as quick as I've ever seen them here. You really have to put the ball in the right spots. I played very nice today. With the wind swirling like it was, I'm really happy.''

He won the Chubb Classic last month in Naples, Florida, for his third victory on the 50-and-over tour.

''Done this long enough, Friday's just one day,'' Durant said. ''Especially in a three-day tournament, you've got to go out and shoot three good numbers. Fortunate to put one on the board, but I know I have to back it up with a couple of good days because you can get passed very quickly out here.''

Mark Calcavecchia was a stroke back. He won last month in Boca Raton, Florida

''It's probably my best round I've ever had here and it was a tough day to play,'' Calcavecchia said. ''The greens are just lightning fast. They're pretty slopey greens, so very difficult to putt.''

Steve Stricker was third at 68. He took the Tucson, Arizona, event three weeks ago for his first senior victory.

''Just getting it around and managing my game I think like I always do,'' Stricker said. ''You get in the wrong position here with the greens being so fast and you're going to be in trouble. I did that a couple times today.''

Billy Mayfair, Billy Andrade and David McKenzie shot 69. Jerry Kelly, the winner of the season-opening event in Hawaii, was at 70 with Wes Short Jr., Glen Day, Gene Sauers and Jesper Parnevik.

Bernhard Langer opened with a 71, and two-time defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez had a 72.

Vijay Singh, coming off his first senior victory two weeks ago in Newport Beach, California, had a 73.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Joe Durant
-6
66
2
Mark Calcavecchia
-5
67
3
Steve Stricker
-4
68
T4
Billy Mayfair
-3
69
T4
Billy Andrade
-3
69
T4
David McKenzie
-3
69
T7
Wes Short, Jr
-2
70
T7
Glen Day
-2
70
T7
Jerry Kelly
-2
70

Scores

Pos. Player To Par R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Steve Stricker -11 68 69 68 205
2 Billy Andrade -8 69 70 69 208
T3 Gene Sauers -7 70 73 66 209
T3 Scott Parel -7 72 70 67 209
T3 Jesper Parnevik -7 70 71 68 209
T3 David McKenzie -7 69 71 69 209
T7 Billy Mayfair -6 69 74 67 210
T7 Joe Durant -6 66 72 72 210
T9 Glen Day -5 70 76 65 211
T9 Bernhard Langer -5 71 74 66 211
T11 Scott Dunlap -4 73 72 67 212
T11 Michael Bradley -4 73 71 68 212
T11 Vijay Singh -4 73 71 68 212
T11 Mark Calcavecchia -4 67 75 70 212
T11 Fran Quinn -4 74 69 69 212
T11 Jeff Sluman -4 71 67 74 212
T17 Lee Janzen -3 73 73 67 213
T17 Michael Allen -3 71 73 69 213
T17 Wes Short, Jr. -3 70 73 70 213
T17 Jerry Smith -3 74 68 71 213
T17 Tim Petrovic -3 73 69 71 213
T17 Stephen Ames -3 71 68 74 213
T23 Carlos Franco -2 72 73 69 214
T23 Jerry Kelly -2 70 78 66 214
T23 Rod Spittle -2 71 73 70 214
T23 Tom Lehman -2 71 72 71 214
T23 Mike Goodes -2 71 72 71 214
T28 Tom Pernice Jr. -1 71 75 69 215
T28 Kevin Sutherland -1 74 73 68 215
T28 Russ Cochran -1 73 70 72 215
T28 Scott McCarron -1 72 70 73 215
T28 Kevin Johnson -1 71 71 73 215
T33 Kent Jones E 77 70 69 216
T33 Miguel Angel Jiménez E 72 76 68 216
T33 Steve Flesch E 76 72 68 216
T33 Olin Browne E 73 71 72 216
37 Fred Funk 1 73 72 72 217
T38 Brandt Jobe 2 73 74 71 218
T38 Colin Montgomerie 2 74 72 72 218
T38 Paul Claxton 2 72 73 73 218
T38 Esteban Toledo 2 76 73 69 218
T38 Tom Byrum 2 72 72 74 218
T43 Jeff Maggert 3 74 73 72 219
T43 Woody Austin 3 76 71 72 219
T43 Ken Tanigawa 3 73 72 74 219
T43 Todd Hamilton 3 71 73 75 219
T43 Scott Verplank 3 80 70 69 219
T43 Joey Sindelar 3 74 77 68 219
T49 Steve Pate 4 75 73 72 220
T49 Tommy Armour III 4 71 78 71 220
T51 Brian Henninger 5 75 71 75 221
T51 Tommy Tolles 5 77 72 72 221
T51 David Frost 5 75 75 71 221
T51 Jay Don Blake 5 78 72 71 221
T55 Mark Brooks 6 76 74 72 222
T55 Bart Bryant 6 79 72 71 222
T57 Paul Broadhurst 7 71 78 74 223
T57 Duffy Waldorf 7 76 73 74 223
T59 Dan Forsman 8 72 74 78 224
T59 Bob Tway 8 75 76 73 224
T59 John Huston 8 78 76 70 224
T59 P.H. Horgan III 8 79 75 70 224
T63 Rocco Mediate 9 75 75 75 225
T63 Kirk Triplett 9 77 78 70 225
T65 Willie Wood 10 80 72 74 226
T65 Larry Mize 10 78 76 72 226
T65 Ian Woosnam 10 79 76 71 226
T68 Corey Pavin 11 73 76 78 227
T68 John Inman 11 79 75 73 227
70 Mike Reid 14 82 78 70 230
71 Steve Lowery 15 75 78 78 231
T72 Blaine McCallister 19 77 79 79 235
T72 Larry Nelson 19 78 79 78 235
T72 Dick Mast 19 76 83 76 235
T72 Jim Gallagher, Jr. 19 81 81 73 235
76 Grant Waite 23 80 80 79 239
T77 Jim Thorpe 24 83 77 80 240
T77 Danny Edwards 24 85 78 77 240

 




Mickelson brings Major appeal to Scotland

Reed aiming to master Gullane as he returns to the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open

Fitzpatrick joins PGA TOUR as Special Temporary Member

Phil Mickelson apologizes for US Open conduct

Aussie Open champion Peter Thomson dies aged 88

In-form Fleetwood eyes glory in Germany

Fleetwood ready to carry momentum into Scottish Open

More news



BMW International Open R2: Hend makes most of windy conditions to take BMW lead

Travelers Championship R2: Brian Harman takes lead in Connecticut

American Family Insurance Championship R1: Host Steve Stricker takes opening lead in Wisconsin

Latest Official World Golf Ranking

Current European Tour Race to Dubai Standings

Current PGA Tour FedEx Cup Standings



LET & Leadingcourses.com partnering to promote best championship courses

Swedes in search of major success at Jabra Ladies Open

IK Kim & Catriona Matthew will return to Royal Lytham

Laura Davies first woman to compete in Staysure Tour event

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship R1: Gaby Lopez grabs Walmart lead with 63

More news

Rickie Fowler, Puma & Arnie Army to honor Arnold Palmer

Sketchers unveil 2018 GO GOLF collection

© Golftoday.co.uk 1996-2018 - Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy - About Us - Advertise - Classifieds - Newsletter - Contact Us