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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Kevin Sutherland Shot -8 and Lost Ground

The scores out at the LPGA event are insane. I mean, Anna Nordqvist shot -11 and still only managed a 2-shot lead! But it wasn't just the ladies who went low.

Steve Stricker, making his Champions Tour debut at the Tucson Conquistadores Classic, shot -10 Saturday. He now has a 3-shot lead over Tom Lehman and a 5-shot lead over Kevin Sutherland and Fred Couples.

Steve Stricker in Champions Tour debut

Stricker sits at -16 after two rounds. Let's put that in perspective...

Woody Austin WON with that score last year!

Steve missed the cut at Valspar last week. Apparently he decided to take it out on the old guys this week, before teeing it up at the Shell Houston Open (the PGA Tour event right before the Masters) week after next.

Of course, this doesn't mean that Stricker is going to dominate the Champions Tour the way other rookies have. But after watching him stick wedge after wedge close to the pin, and make putts like they were running in a channel to the hole, I can't help but wonder if the rest of the Champions are a little nervous.

After all, bear in mind that Stricker is supposed to be "distracted" by his duties as the Presidents Cup captain right now. What happens once he can "focus" on his game again?

I look for Stricker to get a Champions Tour major sometime soon. The golfer they jokingly refer to as a "part-timer" who's "semi-retired" shows signs of being the most dangerous player they've seen in a while.

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