Stricker won the PGA Tour Championship in a playoff over Carlson

SIOUX FALLS, SD (AP) — Steve Stricker won his second consecutive PGA Tour Champions event Sunday, closing with a …

SUX FALLS, SD (AP) — Steve Stricker won his second straight PGA Tour Champions on Sunday, closing with a 6-under 64 and beating Robert Carlson with a birdie on the first playoff hole at Sanford International.

Stricker had a one-shot lead when he looked back to see Carlson with a great chance on the 17th hole. The Swede converted and both finished with par to force a playoff at 14-under 196.

Stricker made short work of birdie for his third win of the season. Stricker won The Ally Challenge two weeks ago and did not play last week.

“You just have to stay aggressive at times here and I did that. I did a good job today and hit a lot of good shots,” Stricker said. “That one in the playoffs, that was a special shot, that was pretty cool.”

Stricker called the six-hour drive from Wisconsin to Sioux Falls a family trip, and it sure felt like it. His wife was once again his caddy, and Bobby’s oldest daughter, Maria, caddied for Mario Tiziani, brother of Stricker’s wife. Titian is ranked 38th.

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Carlson, who started with a 62, had a chance to win the 18th in regulation. Stricker then quickly ended it in the playoffs.

Stricker is the fifth player to have at least three wins this year on the PGA Tour Champions, joining Stephen Alker, Padraig Harrington, Jerry Kelly and Miguel Angel Jimenez. Stricker moved into No. 3 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings with three tournaments remaining in the postseason.

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