Steve Stricker wins major championship on Champions Tour

Steve Stricker has won a major championship.

The Madison resident shot a 4-under-par 68 Monday afternoon to take home the Regions Tradition title, one of the five majors on the Champions Tour.

“This is special,” said Stricker, who was clearly emotional after the win. “I was never able to win one of these on the regular tour. It means a lot.”

Stricker finished the tournament at 18-under, beating runners-up Billy Andrade, Paul Goydos and David Toms by six shots.

“You come out here hoping to play well and hoping to win. But it’s tough out here. These guys play well. I feel more pressure out here, at times, to perform than I do on the regular tour,” Stricker said. “It’s hard. To finally get this one, it means a lot.”

The win was Stricker’s fourth on the Champions Tour, which is reserved for players 50 years or older.

Stricker is now slated to play in the PGA Championship on the regular tour later this week at Bethpage Black in New York. He’s also expected back in Madison for the fourth year of the American Family Insurance Championship at University Ridge next month (June 15-23).