Steve Stricker increases the senior players’ lead to 5 shots in the third major of the PGA Champions | season Professional golf

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  Steve Stricker increases the senior players' lead to 5 shots in the third major of the PGA Champions | season  Professional golf



Steve Stricker tees off in 3rd place on the final day of the American Family Insurance Championship on June 13 at University Ridge.


KAYLA WOLF, STATE JOURNAL

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Steve Stricker extended his lead in the Senior Players Championship to five strokes on Friday after opening a 7 under par 63 with a 68 at airy Firestone in Akron, Ohio.

The 54-year-old U.S. Ryder Cup captain and resident of Madison had a total of 9 under 131 on the difficult South Course and played without a bogey for the first two rounds.

“Today was a bit more exhausting,” said Stricker. “I didn’t do a bogey, but I made some good saves for pars to keep the loop going. Just two birds. I didn’t really use some of the good shots I hit there today. “

The tournament is the third of the five majors on the PGA Tour Champions schedule. Stricker has six senior wins – two of them major championships – after winning the PGA Tour 12 times.

“I just have to keep doing the same things,” said Stricker. “Get aggressive when I can and play smart like I did and just try to do the same things that I did the first few days.”

Paul Broadhurst finished second with 4 under after a 69. The 55-year-old Englishman has five championship wins – two of them majors – after winning six times on the European Tour.

“I think there is a case where he (knitter) has to go back on the field instead of catching him,” said Broadhurst. “You won’t hit every fairway, you won’t hit every green, so a couple of laps under par made me happy.”

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