So far, the golf course is playing an average of three shot over par, but Stricker went out and looked like he was playing from a different set of tees, making five birdies on his first nine, and following it up with two birdies on his inward nine, with it all coming together on the 9th hole, his 18th, when Stricker's birdie putt slide by the high lip to give him the lowest round in major championship history.
Stricker said after to TNT that, "I hit a good putt, it just didn't go in, but all in all, a good day."
I'd say. Stricker's 63 joined two others that have opened with that number in a PGA Championship, and as Doug Ferguson pointed out, only one man has ever opened with a 63 in the PGA Championship and not gone on to win.
We all know about Stricker's history, but how has he done in majors? Not great, actually. Although he has 11 PGA Tour wins, including two this season, he's only finishing in the top-10 twice at the PGA Championship, and hasn't finishing in the top-10 in any major over the last two years, where he's carded five wins.
What would a win do for Stricker's career? It would remake an already remade man that was nearly out of the game five or so years ago. Stricker has become one of the most consistent players in the world, and his sneaky game and great putting stroke seems made for tournaments like the U.S. Open and this one.
It's only one round, but it was an absolutely flawless one from the world number five.
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