Brilliant beams lit up northwest England Sunday morning, the perfect setting for one more round in the sunshine for Steve Stricker. The 50-year-old sage was heartened if not made happy by his latest trip to the British Open, one in which he extended his streak of cuts made at major championships to 25, best in the game. Stricker’s steady play in the 146th edition at Royal Birkdale included rounds of 70, 72 and 69 before closing with a 71, a 2-over 282 total and a T-37 finish. It was his 15th career British start. Stricker reflected on the just-completed journey fondly, wishing for a bit more.
Steve Stricker smiled as the putt went in from nearly 25 feet, a putt that belonged to the most popular man Wednesday at Greystone Country Club: Alabama football coach Nick Saban.