Regions Tradition - R3

Stricker holds on to lead heading into final round

May 09-12
Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Alabama
$2,400,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4, Round 4 (cont.)


Steve Stricker birdied the final hole for a 2-under 70 and held the lead Saturday after three rounds at the Regions Tradition. Bernhard Langer was among three players two strokes back.


Stricker, who shot a second-round 64, enters the final round of the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors at 14-under 202. He was 1 over on the front nine on Greystone’s Founders Course after his first bogey of the Tradition but birdied all three par 5s on the back nine.

On the final one, Stricker sent a shot onto the green above the hole on No. 18. His approach had landed in the rough near a bunker.

”I didn’t hit the best of second shots,” Stricker said. ”I tried to hit a 3-wood and hit it really hard and tried to get it into the green. Kind of hit a little thin and rolled it up there.

”I was just trying to give myself a 10-footer, try to play it off the back of the green. I was able to get a good read from Billy Andrade. He showed me the line a little bit and I was able to knock it in.”

Langer, who won the Tradition in 2016 and 2017, shot a 68. David Toms had a 70 and Andrade a 69 for the three-way tie for second. Tom Byrum and Paul Goydos were three shots back. Byrum shot a 66 and Goydos a 69.

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The weather held out for the second straight day after the first round was halted at midday. But more thunderstorms were forecast overnight and throughout the morning Sunday, with leaders scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and a two-tee format.

Langer saved par on No. 13 with a nice pitch to a couple of feet from the hole after hitting it in the water. He had his first bogey of the tournament two holes later.

”I mean, there’s good bogeys and bad bogeys, and 15 was horrible after a good tee shot, bad layup and then downhill from that point onward,” Langer said.


He is seeking to become the Tradition’s first three-time winner. He already has won a pair of majors three times each, the Senior Players Championship and the Senior Open Championship.

Toms, who counts the 2001 PGA Championship among his 13 PGA Tour wins, made a long putt from the edge of the green on No. 7 for his first birdie of the round.

He won the U.S. Senior Open last year for his only win on the 50-and-over circuit.

”Nobody in our group really got hot,” Toms said. ”We all played pretty solid and within striking distance. That’s kind of what you want come Sunday afternoon. Right there, just have to shoot a low one (Sunday).”

Stricker is seeking his fourth PGA Tour Champions win and first senior major after tying for second at the Tradition last year. He splits time on the PGA Tour but won three times in seven starts last year on the 50-plus circuit.

After a hot second round, he summed up this one as ”just hanging in there.”

”I struggled hitting it at times, didn’t feel very comfortable,” Stricker said. ”I was proud of the way that I hung in there and gutted it out and salvaged a good round out of a round that could have got away from me.”

Charles Schwab Cup leader Scott McCarron was 3 over after a 72, but will retain his No. 1 spot after this weekend.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Steve Stricker
-14
68
64
70
202
T2
Bernhard Langer
-12
69
67
68
204
T2
David Toms
-12
67
67
70
204
T2
Billy Andrade
-12
68
67
69
204
T5
Tom Byrum
-10
71
69
66
206
T5
Paul Goydos
-10
70
67
69
206
T7
Paul Broadhurst
-9
73
66
68
207
T7
Scott Parel
-9
71
66
70
207
T9
Stephen Ames
-7
71
71
67
209
T9
Brandt Jobe
-7
71
69
69
209
T9
Glen Day
-7
64
72
73
209
T12
Jerry Kelly
-6
71
70
69
210
T12
Willie Wood
-6
69
71
70
210
T12
Michael Bradley
-6
71
68
71
210
T15
Steve Jones
-5
68
73
70
211
T15
Joey Sindelar
-5
74
66
71
211
T15
Lee Janzen
-5
74
66
71
211
T15
Gary Hallberg
-5
73
65
73
211
T19
Joe Durant
-4
74
69
69
212
T19
Tommy Armour III
-4
76
65
71
212
T19
Retief Goosen
-4
74
67
71
212
T19
Shaun Micheel
-4
73
68
71
212
T23
Esteban Toledo
-3
72
72
69
213
T23
Ian Woosnam
-3
72
71
70
213
T23
Rocco Mediate
-3
74
68
71
213
T23
Steve Flesch
-3
75
70
68
213
T23
Tom Lehman
-3
73
69
71
213
T23
Jeff Maggert
-3
69
73
71
213
T23
Kevin Sutherland
-3
73
72
68
213
T23
David Frost
-3
73
68
72
213
T23
Dan Forsman
-3
71
70
72
213
T23
Kent Jones
-3
72
68
73
213
T23
Kenny Perry
-3
72
68
73
213
T34
Darren Clarke
-2
72
71
71
214
T34
Kirk Triplett
-2
73
67
74
214
T34
Marco Dawson
-2
71
69
74
214
T37
Mike Goodes
-1
70
72
73
215
T37
Duffy Waldorf
-1
72
72
71
215
T37
Jeff Sluman
-1
73
73
69
215
T37
Woody Austin
-1
74
74
67
215
T37
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-1
68
70
77
215
T42
Corey Pavin
E
73
70
73
216
T42
José María Olazábal
E
71
72
73
216
T42
Olin Browne
E
71
73
72
216
T42
Ken Tanigawa
E
75
69
72
216
T42
Tim Petrovic
E
75
70
71
216
T42
Gene Sauers
E
72
74
70
216
T48
Scott Hoch
1
73
71
73
217
T48
Spike McRoy
1
73
73
71
217
T48
Billy Mayfair
1
72
68
77
217
T51
Fred Funk
2
72
71
75
218
T51
Doug Garwood
2
74
70
74
218
T51
Carlos Franco
2
76
70
72
218
T51
David McKenzie
2
79
67
72
218
T51
Bart Bryant
2
74
73
71
218
T51
Russ Cochran
2
75
73
70
218
T57
Scott McCarron
3
73
74
72
219
T57
Wes Short, Jr.
3
75
72
72
219
T59
Jerry Pate
4
70
74
76
220
T59
Tommy Tolles
4
72
75
73
220
T59
Vijay Singh
4
72
75
73
220
T62
John Huston
5
75
73
73
221
T62
Tom Pernice Jr.
5
79
69
73
221
T62
Mark McNulty
5
78
70
73
221
T62
Fran Quinn
5
75
73
73
221
T62
Paul Lawrie
5
76
73
72
221
67
Mark Calcavecchia
6
77
71
74
222
T68
Steve Pate
7
78
72
73
223
T68
Len Mattiace
7
76
74
73
223
70
Chris DiMarco
8
75
73
76
224
71
Bob Gilder
11
78
74
75
227
72
Jerry Smith
12
80
71
77
228
73
Tom Gillis
15
81
80
70
231
74
Tom Kite
19
77
79
79
235
WD
Dudley Hart
76
76
WD
Colin Montgomerie
74
75
149
WD
Larry Nelson
73
36
109
DQ
Jesper Parnevik
70
72
142