Stricker finishes fourth at British Open

TROON, SCOTLAND — While Henrik Stenson went on to win the British Open on Sunday to become the first Swedish man to win a major, Wisconsin native Steve Stricker finished fourth.

Stenson shot an 8-under 63 in Sunday’s final round, holding off Phil Mickelson for his first major title. Stricker’s overall 2-under 69 qualifies him for a spot in the Masters, as well as the Open Championship in 2017.

Stricker’s performance was also his best finish at an Open Championship, finishing tied for seventh at Birkdale in 2008.

Steve Stricker shoots -4 at round one of British Open

Troon, Scotland — Madison resident Steve Stricker is 49 years old. He hasn’t played in the Open Championship since 2013. And yet he sits at -4 in a tie for 4th place after round one.

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.