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Needing only a bogey to win, Stricker hit into a fairway bunker on the 18th, missed the green to the left and was happy to chip onto the top tier to 20 feet that locked up his first win of the year.
"I felt like I was just trying to hang on and get it in the house," Stricker said. "It's a tough way to play. I hit a bad drive at 15 that really made me feel pretty uncomfortable about this whole situation. But I made a couple great putts coming in and was fortunate enough to get the win."
Stricker finished at 16-under 272 and earned $1,116,000.
Luke Donald, in his first tournament at No. 1 in the world, never had a chance to win but never quit trying. Donald closed with a 68 and tied for seventh, his 10th consecutive finish in the top 10 in worldwide golf.
It was a tale of two nines for Stricker, as it had been all week. He played the front nine in 20 under, including his six birdies Sunday when he made the turn in 30 to build the big lead. He played the back nine in 4 over, and didn't have another shot to spare.
"I needed them all the way I played the back nine," he said.
Kuchar and Jobe did all the could to catch him.
"My 5 under on the front didn't gain any ground on him," Kuchar said. "It was tough to see. Got two more on the back, played great golf. But looks like it's just not quite good enough."
Jobe has been battling injuries over the past several years, and the $545,600 pushes him over $1.16 million for the season and assures him keeping his card for next year. Jobe put the most pressure on Stricker by running off five straight birdies around the turn.
"I thought if we would have gone out and shot 65, that might have been good enough," Jobe said. "But it looks like we're going to be a little short. It was his tournament to kind of win or lose, and he's going out there and winning it."
Stricker now heads to Congressional in two weeks as one of the players who could be a big factor in the U.S. Open. He was a runner-up at Congressional in 2007 during the AT&T National, and that putting stroke goes a long way on any course.
"I don't know why he hasn't won a major yet," Nicklaus said. "But as long as he wants to play, the way he's playing, watch out at Congressiona, or watch out someplace. He'll get there."
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