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Stricker claims dramatic victory

FINAL ROUND LEADERBOARD:
-17 S Stricker (US) -16 J Dufner (US), S Verplank (US) -15 P Harrington (Ire), A Cabrera (Arg), D Johnson (US) Selected others: -12 T Woods (US) -8 S Garcia (Spa) -3 B Davis (Eng) -2 L Donald (Eng), J Rose (Eng)


Steve Stricker
Stricker birdied the final two holes to claim victory

American Steve Stricker birdied the final two holes to claim victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.

Stricker had been a shot behind Jason Dufner and Scott Verplank, who were safely in the clubhouse on 16 under par, going into the final two holes.

But the 42-year-old held his nerve to tap home from two yards for a 67 to earn the biggest win of his career.

Irishman Padraig Harrington finished two shots behind Stricker on 15 under with Tiger Woods five off the lead.

"It's been a blast and I just want to keep riding it out," said Stricker.

"It's been a lot of fun and I'm just thrilled to death to be playing well."

606: DEBATE

Stricker won for the third time this year and moves up to number two in the world rankings for the first time in his career.

He moved past Woods in the FedEx Cup standings, assuring that he will have a chance at the £6.1m prize at the end of the month.

Woods himself had finally found his touch on the greens to card an eight-under-par 63 in the final round on Monday.

But having started nine off the lead, it was too late to give the American a chance of winning.

"I just made a few more putts today," said Woods.

"The last three days I hit about three or five lip-outs per day. All of a sudden I started making putts. That was the difference.

"The whole idea was to shoot something in the low 60s. Certainly, from where I was at, I couldn't win the tournament."

Harrington began his round well with four birdies in the opening nine holes but a bogey on 10 and a double bogey on 12 effectively ended his hopes despite making up shots on 17 and 18.

The top 70 players in the Fed Ex Cup standings will go through to next week's BMW Championship with the final 30 from the points list competing at the season-ending Tour Championship.



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