Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker repeated as John Deere Classic champion Sunday at TPC Deere Run, closing with a 1-under 70 for a two-shot victory over Pro V1 loyalist Paul Goydos.


Stricker, ranked fourth in the world, finished at 26-under (60-66-62-70) 258, six shots better than last year.



"It was a great week...," Stricker said. "There's a lot of cool things that happened this week, and feel fortunate enough to be sitting right here, I'll tell you that."

With this victory, Stricker (Pro V1, 909D3 driver, 906F2 fairway metals, 909H hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Spin Milled Wedges):


• Collected his second PGA Tour win (Northern Trust Open, John Deere) of the season, and ninth of his career. It was also his fifth top-10 and and seventh top-25 finish of the year. Stricker has not missed a cut in 2010.

Said Stricker: "I just kept doing my thing. You know, tried not to make a mistake, tried to put it in the smart side of the green, give myself a putt at it and force (Goydos) to come and make birdies and try to catch me. And that's what I kept doing. You know, I just didn't want to hand him a shot here or there and give it away, so continued to play pretty conservatively."


• Broke the PGA Tour's 54-hole scoring record (25-under 188), after taking a six-shot lead heading into the final round. Stricker also held a six-shot advantage heading into the final round of the Northern Trust.

• Tied for second on the all-time list for birdies in a single Tour event (31), one back of the record.

• Recorded his first back-to-back multiple win seasons on Tour. Stricker had three wins in 2009 (Crowne Plaza at Colonial, John Deere, Deutsche Bank Championship).


• Moved to fourth on the PGA Tour money list.


• Moved to second on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list.

Joined Paul Goydos in posting the two lowest scores (Goydos opened the John Deere in 12-under 59, Stricker in 11-under 60) ever recorded in the same round on the PGA Tour.

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In other news:

• Goydos' runner-up finish qualified him for this week's British Open, since Stricker was already in the field at St. Andrews.

Said Goydos: "It's a goal early in the year and this (was) the last opportunity to get in. And playing in a British Open at St. Andrews, I think, is about as cool a thing as you can do."

• Pro V1x loyalist Jeff Maggert shot a 1-under 70 to finish alone in third place at 20-under 264.

• Titleist Brand Ambassador Matt Jones (Pro V1x, New 910 D2 driver, 909F2 fairway metal, 909H hybrid, New MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter) tied for fifth, another three shots back. It was Jones' best finish of 2010.

• Titleist equipment players Charley Hoffman (Pro V1, 909D2 driver, New MB irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Red X putter), Brendon deJonge (Pro V1x, New 910 D3 driver, 909F2 fairway metal, New AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Kombi putter) and Brett Quigley (Pro V1, New 910D3 driver, 904F fairway metal, 909H hybrid, New AP2 irons, Vokey Design wedges, Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter) tied for seventh at 15-under 269.

• On the Nationwide Tour, Pro V1x loyalist Peter Tomasulo closed in 10-under-par 61 Sunday to come from eight shots behind and win the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic by one.

A little bit of magic being made out there at TPC Deere Run this week, eh? Our intrepid Scotty Cameron putter rep, Kelley, was on the scene taking care of business and snapping some pictures of the Scotty Cameron putters being used at this week's John Deere Classic.

Click the image below to check out his latest crop of shots.

 

Team Titleist is on the ground at the U.S. Women's Open, which kicked off today at historic Oakmont Country Club. We caught up with several players to talk about their preparation and strategy for a course that some contestants are already calling one of the toughest Women's Open venues ever.

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Just a few short hours after Pro V1 loyalist Paul Goydos carded a course-record 12-under 59 at the par-71 TPC Deere Run, Titleist Brand Ambassador and John Deere Classic defending champion Steve Stricker (Pro V1, 909D3 driver, 906F2 fairway metals, 909H hybrid, CB irons, Vokey Spin Milled Wedges) hit his 8-iron approach to the 18th hole to 2 feet for a tap-in birdie and an 11-under 60.

Actually, "it wasn't 2 feet. It was probably about a foot and a half," Stricker said.

Yep, that's right: Goydos shot 59 and only has a one-shot lead heading into Round 2.

After 18 holes, Goydos and Stricker were separated by 18 inches. Both now share a part of history, however: The 59 and 60 marked the two lowest scores ever posted in the same round on the PGA Tour.

And on a lighter note, both Goydos (5-foot-9) and Stricker (6-foot-0) also happened to shoot their heights, a tall order for most.

"My mindset was just to come out and try to get into the mid to upper 60s, you know," said Stricker, who was eating lunch when Goydos dropped his 7-footer on the 18th green for 59. "I was thinking 5 or 6-under today. And I thought if I could shoot that, I at least wouldn't be too far back –you know, keep chipping away at a 12-under score.

"So that was my mindset. And I got off to a good start, made a couple of long putts on the front side and putted the ball really well today and did a lot of good things, drove the ball well and gave myself a lot of opportunities into the greens. So I'm very happy with what I did today."

Stricker’s 60 broke his previous career low of 61, which he shot in last year's second round at the Deere. Stricker, No. 4 in the world ranking, made 11 birdies and no bogeys, five birdies on the front nine and six on the back. Like Goydos, Stricker birdied his final three holes.

Hear what each player had to say about their rounds in the videos below:

Paul Goydos:

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Steve Stricker:

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Pro V1 loyalist Paul Goydos shot a 12-under 59 early Thursday afternoon at the John Deere Classic, rolling his Pro V1 #5 in for birdie from 7 feet, 3 inches on No. 18 to reach golf's magic number – or what he would later call both a "mythical" and "iconic" number "in our game."

Goydos, 46, birdied eight of his final nine holes for a back-nine 28 at the par-71 TPC Deere Run. He missed one fairway and two greens in regulation, taking only 22 putts. He made 12 birdies, four on the front and eight on the back, and no bogeys.

In total, he made over 180 feet in birdie putts.

What was he thinking out there?" "Well, obviously I wasn't thinking," said the affable Goydos, who stands at a fitting 5-foot-9. "If I was thinking I think I would shoot 74 or 75. You know, it was just a good day."

Goydos is only the fourth player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59.

Here are some highlights from Goydos' press conference following his historic round:

• (On his final putt on 18) "I was pretty nervous standing there looking around. I was probably as nervous as I've been over a putt in my life was on that putt. And again, the putt would have gone in a thimble. Don't know why. That's just the way it went today."

• (On if he had been playing well lately) "I was getting better, but we've gone from, you know, I mean it's gone from climbing a hill in your backyard to being on the moon."

• (On if he ever thought about shooting 59) "I think that it'ds a goal in your career to break 60. If you get to that level, and there's not that many people that get a chance to set that goal, and I've had some close calls, or close call really, but yeah, I would think that would be -- at the end when I look back and I'm not playing anymore, winning on the PGA Tour is a big deal, but individual, I've got 10 hole-in-ones. I've got three double eagles. 59 is one of those things I'm going to look at and say that's pretty cool."

• (On the turning point of the round) "I would say that the key start to the round was probably on 5. I missed my only fairway and really caught a good break. Hit it in the right trees and the right trees are dead. I'm walking off the tee thinking I gotta chip out, and I get down there and my ball had actually gotten crooked enough to where I got into an opening where I could go over this one tree and get it on the green and I actually got on the green and ended up making about an 8-footer for two-putt to stay 2-under after 5; and that was a pretty good catalyst to the round.
And then I birdied 6 and 7 after that to get to shoot 4-under on that nine. And then the craziness just blurted out of me."

• (On his thought process over the final three holes) "... I kind of realized walking to the (16th) tee if I birdied the last three holes, I could shoot 59. And they talk about you don't talk to the pitcher when he's got a no-hitter going, blah, blah, blah, but the reality is in that situation three holes to go, that's a pretty good challenge to yourself, and that's what I did, see if you can birdie three holes, see if you can make good swings and make good strokes and see what happens. If you're playing this well, let's enjoy it. Let's try to make the most of it and have a good time. I think trying to ignore what you're shooting and just try and one shot at a time or whatever is your only shot, you kind of lose sense of the fun of what we're trying to do in that particular situation, in my opinion. And I kind of decided let's have a good time and see what happens."

 

 

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