PGA Tour Champions: Steve Stricker takes three-shot lead into ultimate spherical of Areas Custom

Stricker heads into the ultimate spherical on 17 beneath and three away from Steven Alker, with Miguel Angel Jimenez in third place; Defending champion Alex Cejka disqualified for utilizing a yardage e book not authorised by the PGA Tour Champions Guidelines Committee

Final Up to date: 14/05/22 11:06pm

Steve Stricker is closing in on a fourth senior main title

Ryder Cup-winning captain Steve Stricker will take a three-stroke lead over Steven Alker into the ultimate spherical of the Areas Custom, the opening senior main of the season.

The 55-year-old, enjoying in simply his third occasion since a six-month hiatus for well being causes, carded a six-under 66 to increase his in a single day benefit and bolster his hopes of a fourth senior main title.

Stricker posted back-to-back birdies from the third and added one other on the par-four eighth to achieve the flip in 33, earlier than cancelling out a bogey on the tenth with three consecutive birdies from the 13th.

The American then added a two-putt birdie on the par-five final to maneuver to 17 beneath at Greystone Golf and Nation Membership, growing the cushion over closest challenger and Charles Schwab Cup factors chief Steven Alker.

Alker, a two-time winner already this season on the over-50s circuit, birdied the ultimate two holes to shut a seven-under 65, whereas 2018 champion Miguel Angel Jimenez is 5 strokes again in third spot after a third-round 67.

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“It [a maiden senior major title] would imply lots,” Alker stated. “I’ve received thrice and the majors are a giant deal out right here. We have got 5 of them, so we have an excellent shot at a number of.”

A final-hole eagle helped salvage a two-under 70 for Padraig Harrington and transfer him to 11 beneath alongside Stuart Appleby, who sits tied-fourth after a bogey-free 68, whereas Ernie Els is seven strokes again with Glen Day.

Defending champion Alex Cejka thought he had posted a third-round 66, solely to be disqualified for utilizing a yardage e book that had not been authorised for the competitors by the PGA Tour Champions Guidelines Committee.

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