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Stricker gets last-minute start and holds his own at Players

Steve Stricker takes Tucson lead in senior debut
Posted at 10:05 PM, Mar 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-11 23:05:23-05

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Steve Stricker began the day asleep at his winter home in Naples about 350 miles away from the TPC Sawgrass.

He ended it with a 70 at The Players Championship that left him five shots out of the lead. In between, two players had to withdraw.

Stricker had to catch a short flight to northeast Florida and a short drive to the golf course. He had to pass his coronavirus test. He warmed up. And the 54-year-old Ryder Cup captain held his own. Stricker made five birdies in eight holes before he says he started to run out of gas.

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