Stricker makes move, struggles late

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Ron Green Jr.
Monday, June 20, 2011
— By mid-afternoon Sunday, Steve Stricker’s name was on the U.S. Open scoreboards scattered around Congressional Country Club.

Having overcome a ragged 75 in the first round that had forced him into catch-up mode through the warm, muggy weekend, Stricker was 5 under par for the championship when he birdied the difficult par-3 10th hole, putting him also 5 under par for the final round.

For a moment, the Edgerton native was tied for fourth place.

Then it went away.

Stricker double-bogeyed the relatively benign par-4 12th and closed with another double-bogey at the watery 18th, spoiling his start.

“It was good for a while,” Stricker said after shooting a final-round 70 that left him at

1-under-par 283 for the championship.

“I played well. I had a lot of opportunities. Hit a lot of greens. Made a couple of nice putts. Did a lot of good things.

“I got it to 5 under but couldn’t keep it going.”

At the par-4 12th, Stricker hit his tee shot into the left rough, one of several swings he made on the back nine in which he missed his target to the left. Rather than play back to the fairway, Stricker tried to be aggressive and left his second in the wiry rough. After putting his third on the green, Stricker three-putted for a 6.

Last updated: 5:37 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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