Stricker overcomes poor start

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Gazette staff
Monday, April 11, 2011

Steve Stricker knows where his problem area is at the Masters, but he can't seem to correct it.

"I haven't gotten off to very good starts," he said after Friday's second round. "And that, you know, that kind of, those are the holes you need to make birdies on."

Then Stricker went out in Saturday's third round, and bogeyed the first two holes to take him back to even par.

And when he bogeyed his least favorite hole on the course—No. 6—the Edgerton native was at 1 over par.

"I never seem to hit a good shot at 6," Stricker said Friday. "Six, I don't know why, but we're elevated. I never feel like I got the right club. I make really tentative swings out there."

But facing a horrible third round, Stricker turned it around.

A birdie on No. 9 gave him a front-nine 38.

On the back nine, Stricker birdied Nos. 13, 15, 16 and 17 to go to 4-under par. He stumbled on No. 18, getting his fourth bogey on the day, and goes into today's final round at 3 under, nine shots behind leader Rory McIlroy.

Stricker will tee off at noon today. His playing partner is Lee Westwood.

Last updated: 5:00 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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