State Golf Briefs: Stricker returns to action at match-play championshipWisconsin Sports
-- Steve Stricker of Madison will play in his first golf event this week in just over a month. Stricker will be the only Wisconsinite in the Accenture Match Play Championship, which begins on Wednesday in Marana, Arizona
Steve Stricker of Madison will play in his first golf event this week in just over a month. Stricker will be the only Wisconsinite in the Accenture Match Play Championship, which begins on Wednesday in Marana, Arizona.
Sixty-four pros will compete in the World Golf Championships’ event. Stricker is seeded fourth in the Sam Snead bracket, and will play 13th-seeded Henrik Stenson in the first round on Wednesday. Stricker is limiting his appearances this year to spend more time with his family in Wisconsin, and to be more involved with his charity work. He’s only been in two tournaments in 2013.
Stricker finished second in the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
Madison golfer Jerry Kelly tied for 38th at the PGA’s Northern Trust Open. Kelly shot a two-under-par 69 in his final round yesterday at Pacific Palisades, California. He finished at even-par-284. John Merrick won the tournament in a two-hole playoff against Charlie Beljan. Both finished regulation at 11-under-273. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson finished at five-over-par 289. That was after he shot a five-over-76 in his final round. Wilson tied for 61st.
On the PGA Champions Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied 46th at the ACE Group Classic in Naples, Florida. Forsman shot a two-under-par 70 in his third-and-final round yesterday to finish at two-over-218. That was 14 strokes behind the winner, Bernhard Langer.