Steve Stricker birdied the last 2 holes to win the Deutsche Bank Championship. In a tight tournament, the top 6 were separated by just 2 strokes.
Last week, Stricker missed a put that would have put him in a playoff, but today, he got redemption, making his final put to avoid a playoff and get the victory.
Scott Verplank birdied the last 4 holes to get to 16-under and take the lead into the clubhouse. That lead did not last long; Jason Dufner shot a 6-under, including a birdie on 18. It looked like a playoff was inevitable until Stricker birdied 17 to tie. Then he hit a 43 foot chip from the rough to within 2 feet of the hole and knocked it in for the win.
This is Stricker’s third win this year and moves him into 2nd in the world for the first time in his career. It also propels him into first place for the FedEx Cup, passing Tiger Woods, who came in 11th. Woods had the best day of anyone, finishing 8-under for the day, but it was not enough to overcome an 8 shot deficit going into the final day.
Barrington native Brett Quigley just missed the cut to qualify for the next round of the FedExCup Playoffs next weekend. He finished 71st in the standings and the top 70 make the cut. Marc Leishman eagled the 18th hold to knock him out.