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Stricker Wins Colonial Playoff-Clark Second Again

Sporting a weak attempt at a playoff beard, Steve Stricker birdied the second playoff hole Sunday afternoon for his first victory in two years. Imagine those cartoon bubbles appearing over his head after his four footer for birdie went in the hole, the biggest bubble filled with the word FINALLY!. After five top seven finishes this season, including twice where he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, Mr. Stricker is taking home a big trophy and a funky sports coat. Not to mention a million dollar plus paycheck and enough FedEx Cup points to vault him to second place. This win should also lock up a spot on the Presidents Cup team. Not that he didn’t try and finish out of the top spot along the way.

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Sporting a weak attempt at a playoff beard, Steve Stricker birdied the second playoff hole Sunday afternoon for his first victory in two years.  Imagine those cartoon bubbles appearing over his head after his four footer for birdie went in the hole, the biggest bubble filled with the word FINALLY!.  After five top seven finishes this season, including twice where he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, Mr. Stricker is taking home a big trophy and a funky sports coat.  Not to mention a million dollar plus paycheck and enough FedEx Cup points to vault him to second place.  This win should also lock up a spot on the Presidents Cup team.  Not that he didn’t try and finish out of the top spot along the way. 

Previously his tee balls were the shots erasing his chances at victory, today it was his putter that tried to keep him somewhere between second and fifth place.  Highly unusual given the fact Mr. Stricker has long been considered one of the better putters on tour,   although from between 3-5 ft he is worse than mediocre according to Peter Kostis.  That stood out when he missed a four foot par putt on the 16th hole to fall two shots behind then leader Tim Clark.  The four footer on the second playoff hole went right in the center.

Mr. Clark was the victim of lousy luck on the second playoff hole when his approach shot hit the flagstick and ended up 20 feet from the hole.  A tough break, for the man who has won the most money without a victory on tour.  His record is a dismal 0 for 184.  Don’t feel too bad about that break however, as Mr. Clark kicked this tournament away much earlier than that shot.  “I can’t take anything positive from today,” said Clark “I have a lot of work to do when it comes to closing out golf tournaments.”  That qualifies as the understatement of the year.  Standing on the 14th tee he had a two shot lead, which by the time he got to the 18th tee was a one shot lead.  Simple, make par win first tournament, monkey on back wanders off into the sunset looking for another back.  Not so much.  Snipe tee shot left into really nasty spot, have to chip out to fairway, knock approach 9 feet from hole, make putt, win tournament ya da ya da.  Trouble occured when Mr. Clark left that 9 foot putt short.  That’s right, he left it short.  Ouch.  &*$%.  &*$%^*& short. 

 

 Ok ok, playoff and chance to replay the 18th hole.  This time Mr. Clark left himself 7 feet for birdie and the win.  Pulled that one left.  Gulp.  Then on the second playoff hole comes the hit flagstick and Mr. Stricker’s birdie, another second place finish.  It was quite hard to watch, that meltdown. 

Steve Marino was the third member of the playoff group. He kept rolling putts so tantalizingly close over the back nine I kept thinking one of those had to go into hole, but finished the final nine holes with all pars.  He repeated that scene on the first playoff hole, getting oh so close to making birdie.  A poor teeshot on the second playoff hole and that was the end of his day, although second place tie is not too bad at this point in his career.  “Obviously it’s disappointing,” Marino said. “But I’m playing well right now and I’m excited about playing golf and feel good about my game.” 

Notice the difference between Mr. Marino’s quote and Mr. Clark’s.  Second place can look so different depending on one’s perspective.

Note to Mr. Stricker,  lose the beard.  Please. 

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  1. Betty Roesler

    Jun 2, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I just enjoy any articles about Steve Stricker.
    Thanks,
    #1 Fan Betty

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (05/06/21): “Classic” Titleist 915 Fairway wood

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a highly desirable Titleist 915 fairway wood (wiener dog not included).

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Titleist, Odyssey, and Nike gear!
This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules
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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (05/05/21): Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond

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Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond driver shafted with a Fujikura Speed 661.

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Callaway triple diamond Epic Speed driver

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Interesting photos from Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Championship

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This week, the PGA Tour is at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Wells Fargo Championship. GolfWRX was on-site Tuesday to spy a glimpse into the bags of some of the world’s top golfers where the field is getting ready to play starting Thursday for the $8.1 million purse, with the winner going home with just over $1.45 million dollars and the important 500 FedEx Cup points.

Don’t forget you can check out all our image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.

New Ping irons and wedges spotted

It’s a big week at the Wells Fargo for Ping, with the official tour launch of the new i59 irons and Glide Forged Pro wedges. We are still seeking out the full tech, and potential release info, but you can join the discussion about the new gear in the GolfWRX forums: Ping i59 irons – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

That’s one way to make a site line

Although he is still one of the better ball-strikers on tour, Lucas Glover’s difficulty with the putter has been well documented. We spotted him on the putting green at Quail Hollow making an improvised site line on his Scotty Cameron Newport 2. Those Sharpies are good for more than just signing autographs!

Very unique hosel on this Odyssey

This Odyssey widebody putter has its plumber’s neck hosel very close to the center of the topline to reduce toe hang and offer a one-of-a-kind view in the address position.

Bettinardi prototype high toe mallet

This Hexperimental Proto from the folks at Bettinardi looks like the milled steel lovechild of their Studio Stock 17 and a Queen Bee 11. It combines the high-toe look with a bumpered mallet.

Jason Day working with a new putter

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: the Bryson effect is real. This week, it looks like Jason Day has moved to a SIK putter paired with an LA Golf putter shaft after a very long run with a TaylorMade Spider.

Speaking of Jason Day and new gear…

The new SIK putter was seen in the bag with no backup in sight and a new wedge (under plastic). Super bonus points for the Augusta National pro shop (only for Members and guests) accessories bag Day is using—that’s serious golf drip.

Wyndham Clark PXG irons confirmed

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After some speculation about their existence, we now have confirmation that the irons being used by Wyndham Clark are a yet-to-be-released PXG Gen 4 0311 ST (Super Tour) blade. You can see more pictures of the iron here: GolfWRX Forums In hand Gen4 0311 ST irons

Xander’s got a lot of headcovers in there

Xander Schauffele must be on the lookout for some new fairway woods, because he had five different options under headcovers on the range at Quail Hollow. Maybe he has a few of those Triple Diamond Epic Speeds under there? GolfWRX Spotted: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond fairway wood

Rickie working on a lot, including his tempo

Rickie had a lot going on at the range on Tuesday and one of the more interesting things of note was an iron shafted with a Fujikura MCI tempo trainer.

Dufner with new Cobra putter

The search for a putter seems to be nonstop for Jason Dufner at the moment and after some time with an oversized Cobra mallet, it looks like he has moved onto something a little smaller and with a bit more toe hang.

Smiling assassin Sungjae Im

If you were inside the top 25 on the FedEx Cup and playing as well as Sungjae is right now, you’d probably be smiling too.

Rafa is rolling one very nice Scotty Cameron

When it comes to Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, the “Timeless” Newport 2 style stands alone and Rafa’s custom looks really good from here.

You can check out all the pictures from Tuesday of the Wells Fargo in the links below

2021 Wells Fargo – Tuesday #1

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Bettinardi putters & covers – 2021 Wells Fargo

Ping i59 irons – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

New Ping Glide Forged Pro wedge – 2021 Wells Fargo

Behind the scenes on the PXG truck – 2021 Wells Fargo

PXG Gen 4 0311 T & 0311 ST irons – 2021 Wells Fargo

Jason Day testing a SIK putter with LA Golf shaft – 2021 Wells Fargo

Scotty Cameron T2 putter – 2021 Wells Fargo

KH Lee’s Odyssey putter – – 2021 Wells Fargo

Patrick Cantlay’s Cameron T-5 – 2021 Wells Fargo

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