PGA Tour Champions: Steve Stricker takes three shots ahead in final round of Regions Tradition | Golf News

Stricker heads into the final round 17 under and three ahead of Steven Alker, with Miguel Angel Jimenez in third place; Defending champion Alex Cejka disqualified for using distance book not approved by PGA Tour Champions Rules Committee

Last update: 05/14/22 23:06

Steve Stricker closes in on fourth senior major title

Ryder Cup-winning captain Steve Stricker will take a three-stroke lead over Steven Alker in the final round of the regions tradition, the first senior major of the season.

The 55-year-old, who has only played his third test since a six-month hiatus for health reasons, netted a six under 66 to extend his advantage overnight and bolster his hopes of a fourth senior major title.

Stricker birdied back-to-back from the third and added another on the par-four eighth to reach the 33-turn, before undoing a bogey in the tenth with three straight birdies from the 13th.

The American then added a two-putt birdie at the final par five to move to 17 under at Greystone Golf and Country Club, increasing the cushion on nearest challenger and Charles Schwab Cup points leader Steven Alker .

Alker, a two-time winner already this season on the Over-50 circuit, birdied the last two holes to close a seven-under-65, while 2018 champion Miguel Angel Jimenez is five shots in third place after a third round 67.

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“This [a maiden senior major title] would mean a lot,” Alker said. “I’ve won three times and the majors are very important here. We have five, so we have a good chance of getting a few.”

A last-hole eagle helped save a two-under 70 for Padraig Harrington and move it to 11 under alongside Stuart Appleby, who is tied for fourth after a bogey-free 68, while Ernie Els is seven shots behind. Glen Day.

Defending champion Alex Cejka thought he posted a 66 in the third round, only to be disqualified for using a distance book that had not been approved for competition by the PGA Tour Champions Rules Committee.

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