Chubb Classic: Steve Stricker hangs on to win by a stroke

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Steve Stricker, who sold his Naples home, won the PGA Tour Champions' Chubb Classic at Tiburón Golf Golf Club by a shot.
NAPLES, Fla. — Steve Stricker is leaving Naples. And he left it Sunday with a win.

Stricker, who sold his Naples home, won the PGA Tour Champions' Chubb Classic at Tiburón Golf Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.

The 2021 U.S. Ryder Cup captain missed some chances to pull away, but knocked it tight on the par-4 16th and made birdie to give himself enough room for his sixth Champions Tour victory by a single stroke.

"I could have made it a little easier on myself for sure," said Stricker, whose wife Nicki was his caddie. "I knew exactly where I was. I told Nicki when we were going down No. 14, I said, 'Let's get two out of these next three, and I hit it in there at Nos. 14 and 15 and missed them both and hit it in there at No. 16, but if I could have made a couple more putts, it would have been a little bit easier.

"But it's tough to win. It's tough to win anywhere, and I'm happy to get it done."

Stricker, 54, has won six times in 29 PGA Champions Tour starts, but he's still playing the regular Tour as well, partly to keep tabs on possible players for this year's Ryder Cup. He's made three cuts with one top-10 in eight starts there on the wraparound season.

"It kind of goes week to week," Stricker said of his decision-making regarding what events to play. "I enjoy playing out here. Competition is great. You have to play well to win. But I also still enjoy playing on the regular tour. I've had a couple good showings this year so far. If I could get the putter going a little bit, my ball-striking is probably as good as it's been when I was playing my best out on the regular tour.

"If I can get that putter going, I'll probably play out on the big tour and see if I can't make the (FedEx Cup) Playoffs one more time."

Stricker parred four straight holes, including three-putting for par on the par-5 15th, but recovered on No. 16. Then he put his second shot in a greenside bunker on the par-4 17th, but crafted a delicate shot – with his left foot out of the…
Greg Hardwig, Naples Daily News
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