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Steve Stricker finished the third round at Kapalua the same way he started: with a five-shot lead.
Only it wasn't that easy.
Stricker watched his lead dwindle to a single shot on the back nine Sunday before running off four straight birdies for a 4-under 69 that gave him a big lead going into the final round at the Tournament of Champions.
He was at 19-under 200, five shots clear of defending champion Jonathan Byrd (67), Martin Laird (67) and Webb Simpson, who also had a 69 while playing in the final group with Stricker.
Simpson and Byrd each had a putt on the back nine to tie for the lead.
Through three rounds, Stricker now is 13-under par on the five closing holes at the Plantation Course.
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It was four years ago that Steve Stricker and his wife, Nicki, were driving on Oahu during Monday of Sony Open week when a friend from home phoned Nicki with some interesting news. Stricker, coming off a runner-up finish at the Mercedes-Benz Championships at Kapalua, had climbed to No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
That's right. At the time it was Tiger, Phil ... and...
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Winners of the PGA Tour's
season-opening Tournament of Champions since 1994, following the
three-shot victory by American Steve Stricker at Kapalua's
Plantation Course on Monday (U.S. unless stated):
KAPALUA, Hawaii - Steve Stricker might be tempted to dream of the traditional winner's lei draped around his neck...