When Steve Stricker was named the 2020 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, much was made of the fact that he was the first player to have that honor without a major championship on his playing resume.
We all could have saved the keystrokes.
Coming into the final round of the weather-delayed Regions Tradition, Stricker held a two-shot lead in the senior major before playing nearly flawless golf to win by six over Paul Goydos, Billy Andrade and David Toms.
It was an impressive display by Stricker, who had just one blemish on his card over 72 holes, the result of steady ball-striking, solid putting and an otherworldy short game. Stricker missed 19 greens in all and got up-and-down on 18 of them, using his Titleist Vokey SM6 54-degree wedges and Titleist Vokey SM4 lob wedge and the converting putts with the Odyssey White Hot 2 putter he has employed for the better part of 18 seasons now.
“You work hard, try to do the right things, work on my game, and come out here hoping to play well, hoping to win,” Stricker said.
One thing he no longer has to “hope” to do is win a major.
What Steve Stricker had in the bag at the Regions Tradition:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 913D3, 8.5 degrees
3-wood: Titleist 915F, 13.5 degrees
Hybrid: Titleist 816H1, 17 degrees
Irons (3-PW): Titleist 718 AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (54 degrees); Titleist Vokey SM4 (60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2