Stricker goes back-to-back at John Deere Classic

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.

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