Steve Stricker Wins 2018 Rapiscan Systems Classic at Fallen Oak
Biloxi, Miss. (March 25, 2018) – Steve Stricker claimed consecutive titles on PGA TOUR Champions with his 11-under victory at the Rapiscan Systems Classic. Stricker held a one-stroke lead through the front nine before making four back-nine birdies to secure the title. With the win he moved to No. 1 on the Charles Schwab Cup.
Steve Stricker finished -11 with 68-69-68 – 205
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||69-70-69 – 208
||70-73-66 – 209
||72-70-67 – 209
||70-71-68 – 209
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. Sunday’s 4-under 68 was his 25th
consecutive round of par or better, the longest active streak on Tour. He has never carded a round over par on PGA TOUR Champions.
“It was a tough couple days with the weather. The wind proved to be pretty difficult. And yesterday I hung in there, didn't get off to a very good start and then played well on the back side and that kind of kept my momentum going,” said Stricker. “You've got to ride that emotional roller coaster and it was no different today. It was good to come down the stretch and hit the shots that I needed to hit and finish it off the way I should.”
This is the first time he has won in consecutive starts on both the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions. On PGA TOUR Champions he has two victories and seven top-three finishes. Stricker entered the Rapiscan Systems Classic No. 3 in the Charles Schwab Cup after finishing T2 at the Chubb Classic and winning the Cologuard Classic. He now moves to No. 1 at $593,560.
On the PGA TOUR, he is 8-for 14 in converting 54-hole leads/co-leads into victories. The last time he was a 54-hole leader was at the 2012 Sentry Tournament of Champions, which is his last victory on the PGA TOUR. Stricker is now 1-for 2 in converting 36-hole leads/co-leads into victories on PGA TOUR Champions. Stricker will return to the course next week at the Houston Open, competing in his fourth PGA TOUR event this season.
The tournament drew large crowds and put the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the national spotlight with live coverage from The Golf Channel. The Anthony J. Topazi Trophy for the Rapiscan Systems Classic was delivered to the 18th
green for the awards ceremony by parachutist and double amputee Dana Bowman. Bowman, a retired Sergeant First Class with the U.S. Army, was a Special Forces Soldier and a member of the elite parachute team, the Golden Knights.
The purse for the three-day competition was $1.6 million, and 78 PGA TOUR Champions players participated including five past champions of the Rapiscan Systems Classic:
- Michael Allen: T17, 71-73-69—213
- Tom Lehman: T23, 71-72-71—214
- Miguel Angel Jimenez: T33, 72-76-68—216
- Jeff Maggert: T43, 74-73-72—219
- David Frost: T51, 75-75-71—221
For more information about the Rapiscan Systems Classic or the PGA TOUR Champions, visit PGATOUR.com
About Rapiscan Systems
Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems, Inc., is a leading global supplier of security inspection solutions utilizing advanced threat identification techniques. The company's products are sold into the following market segments: Baggage and Parcel Inspection; Cargo and Vehicle Inspection; Hold (checked) Baggage Screening; People Screening; Explosive and Narcotics Trace Detection; and Radiation Detection. The Rapiscan Systems product lines are supported by a global service network. As the world's leading security screening provider, Rapiscan Systems provides state-of-the-art products, solutions and services to meet our customers' most demanding threat detection needs. For more information, visit www.rapiscansystems.com
About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golf’s most recognizable and accomplished players, age 50 and older, including 35 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. In 2017, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 26 tournaments in 18 states, Japan, Wales and Canada, with purses totaling more than $55 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Internationally, telecasts air live, tape-delayed or in a highlights-package format in excess of 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.
About Fallen Oak
The Tom Fazio-designed Fallen Oak epitomizes the quiet elegance found in many of the world’s great golf courses. Joining the heralded Shadow Creek as the only golf courses built exclusively for MGM Resorts International guests, Fallen Oak is located 15 minutes outside of Biloxi at the edge of the DeSoto National Forest. The 7,487-yard course has earned more than 32 national honors for a masterful design that features dramatic elevation changes rarely seen at a Gulf Coast course and five sets of tees intended to challenge golfers of all abilities. For more information on Fallen Oak, visit www.fallenoak.com
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