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.

Triplett wins, Inaugural American Family Insurance Championship a huge success!

MADISON, Wisconsin | Kirk Triplett collected birdies on holes 11, 13, 14, 15, and 16 to come back and win the inaugural American Family Insurance Championship Sunday at University Ridge in Madison at 17-under par. But it wasn’t just Triplett feeling truly successful over the weekend in Madison. The entire event was a huge success. With warm, sunny conditions most of the weekend corporate sponsors were happy as thousand of fans showed up | an estimated 56,000 fans to be exact! That easily beat reported projections. Also when dollars are added up, the tournament is likely to give nearly $1 million to charity. That’s a huge amount for a first-year event.

Steve Stricker, who will be a part of the Champions Tour as a player at age 50 this year, was ecstatic as the tournament host.

“I think we’re a little blown away,” Stricker said. “To see the whole town and the whole community get behind it.. it tickels us to death.”

Fellow Madison resident Jerry Kelly will also be a part of the event next year which is scheduled July 23-25, 2017 at University Ridge golf course.

Favre, Stricker, North and Tauscher take a swing for charity

MADISON, Wisconsin — This weekend the PGA Champions tour is taking over Univeristy Ridge golf course in Madison, but on Saturday afternoon the spotlight belonged to Brett Favre, Andy North, Steve Stricker and Mark Tauscher. The four teamed up for charity, raising money for the American Family Children’s Hospital and the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation.

Favre, who says he doesn’t play much golf these days, participated in the nine-hole celebrity scramble. The Packers legend and Steve Stricker played on one team, North and Tauscher on the other. Tauscher and North won —  North called it “the Washington Generals beating the Globetrotters.”

After the event, Favre had this to say:

On the charity event: “It was awesome, it really was. Steve and Andy, you’re not going to find two nicer guys. And what we were here for is extremely important. Look at this crowd. Amazing crowd. I’m not surprised a bit.
We want to come back next year. It was competitive, in a funny way. But it was a lot of fun. Hopefully, next year we can do 18 holes.”

Playing golf vs. football in front of people: “Different. As I told Andy and Steve, I would much rather tee off with my helmet on and 70,000 people . Golfers like it quiet. Football players like it a little more rambunctious. I don’t like the silence.”

On getting ready for his Hall of Fame induction: “At some point I have to start preparing a speech, which I’m not good at doing. To be honest with you, it’s closing fast. It seems like just yesterday I was preparing for (his return to) Green Bay. It will be here quick. And I’ll be honest with you: after that I’ll be looking forward to the Wisconsin-LSU game (at Lambeau Field).”

Will he attend the Sept. 3 game? “I’d like to be there. It all depends on my daughter’s volleyball schedule. She’ll be starting her senior year. But I’d love to be there. Who wouldn’t want to watch that game?”

On Stricker dropping a pass Favre threw him on the 17th hole: “Perfect pass. He’s got a really smooth golf swing. His route-running is a little questionable. I didn’t want him to pull a hamstring and miss the rest of his tournaments this year. That would have been terrible.”

Wisconsin’s Skip Kendall Will Play In PGA Champions Event In Madison

MADISON, Wis. (June 3, 2016) — Wisconsin native Skip Kendall will play in the first-ever PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship, June 24-26, at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. Kendall received a sponsor’s exemption from American Family, as did fellow PGA TOUR Champions player Stan Utley.

Kendall was born and raised in the Milwaukee area, before playing collegiate golf at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He then hit the professional golf ranks, winning four times on the Web.com Tour, and earning 26 top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR and three top-10 finishes on PGA Tour Champions. Kendall won the Wisconsin State Open in 1988 and 1989.

Stan Utley has competed on PGA TOUR Champions since 2011 after a career on both the Web.com and PGA tours. He won his sole PGA TOUR title at the 1989 Chattanooga Classic, along with three Web.Com wins.

Fans can purchase tickets for the American Family Insurance Championship at the tournament website at www.amfamchampionship.com. Options include $25 general admission tickets valid any day of the championship, in addition to three-day general admission and clubhouse passes with special amenities.

Active duty, reserve and retired military personnel can enjoy a free three-day pass and any child 15 and under also gets free admission to the tournament with an adult admission.

Fans can also follow the tournament’s social media channels: Twitter: @amfamchamp; Facebook: American Family Insurance Championship; and Instagram: AmFamChampionship.
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About the American Family Insurance Championship
The PGA TOUR Champions tour, American Family Insurance and 12-time PGA TOUR winner and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker announced last June this new Wisconsin golf event. The inaugural American Family Insurance Championship will feature an 81-player field competing for a $2 million purse. The no-cut event will include two Pro-Am events on June 22-23 followed by three days of tournament play, June 24-26. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation for distribution to the American Family Children’s Hospital and other charities.