Stricker Strikes It Big at Barclays

'I never knew if I was going to win again,' says golfer after six-year dry spell
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Aug 27, 2007 1:46 AM CDT
Steve Stricker celebrates after sinking a putt on the 18th hole to win The Barclays golf tournament in Harrison, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Steve Stricker shot a final-round 69 at The Barclays yesterday to best K.J. Choi and hoist his first trophy in over six years. Stricker's four birdies in the final five holes capped a masterful run at Choi, who'd taken a one-stroke lead with two enormous birdie putts. Stricker's 16-under 268 was good enough for a 2-shot win over the pack.

"I never knew if I was going to win again," said Stricker, 40, of his long drought. "It was hard, but it was fun." Meanwhile, perennial favorite Tiger Woods took the tournament off for a much needed rest, though it meant falling almost 5,000 points behind the winner in this year's FedEx Cup chase. (Read more Steve Stricker stories.)