Steve Stricker or Luke Donald?
By mustang6560 on 7/11/11
What is more impressive - Steve Stricker three-peating at the John Deere Classic in Illinois or Luke Donald cementing his number one ranking with a victory at the Scottish Open.

Clearly, both are impressive feats, however I think Steve’s victory at TPC Deere Run beats out Luke’s victory at Castle Stuart by a hair for a couple reasons.

First, Steve became only the 10th golfer since World War II to win a golf tournament three times in a row. The list also includes a few names you might have heard of before - Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus,Tom Watson, Ben Hogan and Johnny Miller (Tiger has three-peated six times).

Second, he won in style on Sunday. After leading by five strokes heading into the back nine, Steve saw his lead turn into a two stroke deficit to PGA Tour Rookie Kyle Stanley. It took a bogey from Kyle and dramatic 25-foot putt birdie putt from off the green on hole 18, but Steve was able hang on by the skin of his teeth to win for the second time this year.
"It was an unbelievable week and an unbelievable finish," Stricker said. "I still can't believe I'm sitting here."

"I really did feel like the momentum was gone for a while," he said. "Those holes kind of derailed me there."
If you didn’t see Steve’s putt on hole 18, click the link below to watch it. It truly was an impressive putt in general, but to win a tournament, it’s unbelievable!

Even though Steve’s three-peat was more impressive, I don’t want to overlook Luke’s accomplishment across the pond though. Being the top player in the world apparently doesn’t mean as much any more because Tiger’s out, but you have to give credit where credit is do. Carrying the weight of the #1 ranking is difficult and winning with the weight is even more difficult so I’d like to give Luke a tip of the cap.

Too bad for Luke, though, because the person who won the Scottish Open has never won the Open Championship the following week. I guess he’ll have to wait until the PGA Championship for a shot at winning his first major and truly solidifying his #1 ranking.

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[ comments ]
Paolo says:
What is the world coming to ... I find myself agreeing !!!

As an Englishman I'd expect myself to say Donald for this, but having watch Stricker lead close to home, fall back, drop shots, stick it in a bunker with ball below feet from 170yds and find the fringe then putt in for the win was truly incredible...

Have I just backed and American?? My missus will be pleased!!
rmumph1 says:
Stricker's shot out of the bunker was amazing. I found myself glued to the t.v. watching the back 9 of John Deere Classic. He made great shots when he had to.
srogers13 says:
Mustang, you owe Pat Riley $4million for using three-peat so often.
homermania says:
Stricker. What an up and down! Holy cow!
Banker85 says:
i got this dvr'd. i was going to try to not find out what happened but should be a good watch anyways.
Envythepea says:
It's worth watching just to see Kyle Stanley catch Stricker...he was amazing to watch and so many long putts for birdie! He made it interesting to the end. Stricker was phenomenal to finish like he did.
wrhall02 says:
Stricker is my favorite US player. He has the best "get out of trouble" game, from anywhere (trees, sand, bad lies etc etc). It seems he putts better when he HAS to make them.

3-pete is rare, good for Steve.
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