Originally written on Arm Chair Golf Blog  |  Last updated 9/3/14

BETHESDA, MD - JULY 5: Steve Stricker hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the third round of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club on July 5, 2008 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
Steve Stricker is a master at wedge play.THE MAN WITH THE VELVET putting stroke captured the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course in Maui on Monday. That would be 44-year-old Steve Stricker, who cruised to a three-shot win over Martin Laird by closing with a 69 for a 23-under total of 269.It was Stricker’s 12th PGA Tour title and his first island victory. A second-round 63 gave the veteran a lead that he was able to protect the rest of the way, although it was cut to a single shot on the back nine of the final round. Then he birdied two of the last three holes and that was that.As PGATour.com’s Brian Wacker mentioned, Stricker is looking a bit like that poster child for post-40 success, Vijay Singh. Singh has collected 22 tour wins since turning 40, which helped put him into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Stricker, who turns 45 next month, has notched nine wins in his 40s, eight of them since May 2009.“I just try to do my own thing,” said Stricker, w...
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