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Goydos did receive a nice consolation prize. His second-place finish qualified him for the British Open, so he joined Stricker and about two dozen others from the tournament on the two jets Deere officials chartered to fly them directly to Scotland.
Stricker started Sunday's round with a six-shot lead and quickly bumped it to seven with a 7-foot birdie putt on the first hole. But he had to battle through the rest of the round before essentially sealing his victory at the 17th.
After driving into the trees right of the fairway for the second straight day, Stricker punched out to 91 yards, right in front of the green, then knocked a sand wedge to six feet. Measuring the putt carefully, Stricker tapped the ball and as fans yelled "Get in the hole," it dropped.
"I told myself you can make this and you need to make this," he said. "I look back at some of the big putts that I've made and there's nothing to be scared of and I rolled it in. So that was a big putt. To go into the last hole with two shots instead of one was huge."
Goydos also birdied 17 to stay two behind, but his last hope died when he hit into the water on 18. Stricker bogeyed the hole after hitting a tree with his tee shot, but it didn't matter -- he was a champion again.
"After I hit the tree, my objective was just to get it down there where I could get my third shot on the green and make a 5 and force him to make a birdie," Stricker said. "I don't have to make it, it doesn't have to be pretty. I just wanted to win and fortunately, it worked out."
Now it's on to St. Andrews for a difficult course and, if conditions don't improve, some nasty weather.
"It's a tough turnaround," Stricker said. "But I've got to get out there and get some golf under my belt and try to learn a few things."
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