Stricker Triumphs In Playoff At Sanford International

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Steve Stricker made a birdie putt on the first playoff holeto outduel Robert Karlsson and win the Sanford International on Sunday at Sioux Falls, S.D.

Stricker shot a final-round 64 and Karlsson carded a 66 as both golfers finished at 14-under 196.

Stricker put together a bogey-free round as his seventh birdie of the round on the playoff hole (No 18).

"I just didn't want to mess up basically and that's what leads to nervousness, I guess," Stricker said after his third victory of the year. "To have that putt, that opportunity is exciting, but it's nerve wracking all at the same time," he said.

The victory was the second in the past three events for Stricker. The 55-year-old won The Ally Challenge in late August and finished third at the Ascension Charity Classic last week.

Karlsson had birdies on 16 and 17 to set up the duo going to a playoff.

Karlsson made par on the playoff hole before Stricker'swinner but he was pleased with how he played.

"It's more important that I played well and it's a long time since I was in the last group," Karlsson said. "Felt pretty good out there, so it was good, it was a good week. I had no complaints, no regrets."

Source: SuperSports