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Stricker finishes eighth at the US Open

ARDMORE, Penn. - Steve Stricker of Madison triple-bogeyed his second hole and never recovered yesterday, as he finished in a tie for eighth at the U.S. Open near Philadelphia.

The 46-year-old Stricker still has not won a career major. After being within two strokes of the lead after Saturday, he was in contention on Father's Day to become the oldest U.S. Open winner on record. Stricker also bogeyed four other holes, with just one birdie for the day. He shot a six-over-par 76 in his final round, and ended at plus-six for the tournament at 286. Stricker said he felt relaxed and excited, but he said it was the nature of the game that quote, "puts you in place rather quickly at times." Stricker is playing a limited schedule this year to be closer to his family in southern Wisconsin. He says quote, "Golf is not the thing in my life that it was once was."

Jerry Kelly of Madison also went six-over yesterday, and finished in a tie for 41st place at 14-over-294. The famed Merion Golf Club was actually the big winner, as no player finished at par-or-under. The winner, Justin Rose, was at one-over-281.