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U.S. Senior Open: Steve Stricker goes wire to wire in South Bend

SOUTH BEND – Making the 240-mile drive around Lake Michigan with his wife on Monday night, Steve Stricker had plenty of time to think.

Stricker, 52, was able to flush the disappointment of losing a three-way playoff in a PGA Tour Champions event in his hometown of Madison, Wis. He was able to process the 8-foot birdie putt that wouldn’t drop on the final hole of regulation last Sunday and prepare himself mentally for his first U.S. Senior Open.

Stricker's strong showings might pay off soon

Stricker’s strong showings might pay off soon

Steve Stricker, who turns 51 on Friday, is either 7 for 7 or 0 for 7 on PGA TOUR Champions depending on one’s outlook. The Wisconsin native tied for second in his first event this season, last week’s Chubb Classic. It was his seventh top-10 finish on PGA TOUR Champions and his second runner-up finish.