Stricker birdied three of his final five holes to post a 67. He qualified for this week with a second place tie in Memphis a month ago. While he’s never won a major, Stricker has connected for twelve top 10’s, eight of which since turning 40, including a pair in the season’s third major.
Unfortunately for Stricker, even with his big first round, he’s still four shots behind the leader. Phil Michelson tied a major championship record with a round one 63. Mickelson leads at -8.