Stricker builds big lead, wins Memorial

Posted June 06, 2011, at 12:53 a.m.

DUBLIN, Ohio — Steve Stricker finally found the winning formula at the Memorial on Sunday.

Stricker, who had never finished in the top 10 in his 11 previous trips to Muirfield Village, built a big lead on the front nine, then relied on his silky putting stroke for two clutch pars to hang on for a one-shot victory over Matt Kuchar and Brandt Jobe.

He closed with a 4-under 68, lagging from 20 feet for a two-putt bogey on the 18th hole. By then, the hard work was over. The 44-year-old Stricker twice saved par from bunkers on the 16th and 17th holes, making putts of 15 feet and 7 feet to go to the last hole with a two-shot lead.

Stricker finished at 16-under 272 and earned $1,116,000 for his 10th PGA Tour title and sixth in three years. He moved to No. 4 in the world, becoming the highest-ranked American for the first time in his career.

Kuchar and Jobe closed with 65s.

Lincicome wins LPGA tourney

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Brittany Lincicome made a 4-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic for her fourth LPGA Tour title and first in two years.

Lincicome closed with a bogey-free 5-under 66 for a one-shot victory over third-ranked Jiyai Shin (6) and No. 4 Cristie Kerr (69). It was Lincicome’s first win since the 2009 Kraft Nabisco.

The 25-year-old Lincicome finished the 54-hole tournament on the Bay Course at Seaview with an 11-under 202 total, and the difference definitely was par 5s. Lincicome played nine par 5s in the tournament and had seven birdies, an eagle and a par, with the last birdie coming on the par-5, 501-yard 18th.

Gilder edges Brooks

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Bob Gilder made a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18, then escaped with a one-stroke victory in the Principal Charity Classic when Mark Brooks bogeyed the hole.

Brooks, seeking his first victory in seven starts on the Champions Tour, had a three-stroke lead with four to play. But he hit into the water on 17 and needed a nifty putt just to make bogey, then three-putted on 18 to hand the title to Gilder, also the tournament winner in 2002.

The 60-year-old Gilder earned his 10th victory on the 50-and-over circuit but first since 2006. He closed with a 6-under 65 for a 14-under 199 total. Brooks, the leader after the first two rounds, shot a 68.

Wheatcroft sets record

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Steve Wheatcroft ran away with the Melwood Prince George’s County Open, finishing a staggering 29 under for a Nationwide Tour-record 12-stroke victory.

The 33-year-old former Indiana University player eagled the final hole for a 7-under 64 after opening with rounds of 66, 60 and 65 on the University of Maryland Golf Course.

Wheatcroft had the lowest 72-hole total in tour history at 255, fell a stroke short of tying the mark for relation to par, and broke the record for largest margin.

Ryan Armour (62) and Jon Mills (65) tied for second.

Noren takes Wales Open

NEWPORT, Wales — Sweden’s Alexander Noren won the Wales Open for his second European Tour title, closing with a 1-under 70 for a two-stroke victory at Celtic Manor.

Noren finished at 9-under 275. He also won the 2009 European Masters.

Denmark’s Anders Hansen (71) and France’s Gregory Bourdy (67) tied for second.

 

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