Stricker three clear as Cejka disqualified at Regions Tradition

Stricker heads into the final round on 17 under and three clear of Steven Alker, with Miguel Angel Jimenez in third place; Defending champion Alex Cejka disqualified for using a yardage book not approved by the PGA Tour Champions Rules Committee

Last Updated: 14/05/22 11:06pm

Steve Stricker is closing in on a fourth senior major title
Steve Stricker is closing in on a fourth senior major title

Ryder Cup-winning captain Steve Stricker will take a three-stroke lead over Steven Alker into the final round of the Regions Tradition, the opening senior major of the season.

The 55-year-old, playing in just his third event since a six-month hiatus for health reasons, carded a six-under 66 to extend his overnight advantage and bolster his hopes of a fourth senior major title.

Stricker posted back-to-back birdies from the third and added another at the par-four eighth to reach the turn in 33, before cancelling out a bogey at the tenth with three consecutive birdies from the 13th.

The American then added a two-putt birdie at the par-five last to move to 17 under at Greystone Golf and Country Club, increasing the cushion over closest challenger and Charles Schwab Cup points leader Steven Alker.

Alker, a two-time winner already this season on the over-50s circuit, birdied the final two holes to close a seven-under 65, while 2018 champion Miguel Angel Jimenez is five strokes back in third spot after a third-round 67.

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“It [a maiden senior major title] would mean a lot,” Alker said. “I’ve won three times and the majors are a big deal out here. We’ve got five of them, so we’ve got a good shot at a few.”

A final-hole eagle helped salvage a two-under 70 for Padraig Harrington and move him to 11 under alongside Stuart Appleby, who sits tied-fourth after a bogey-free 68, while Ernie Els is seven strokes back with Glen Day.

Defending champion Alex Cejka thought he had posted a third-round 66, only to be disqualified for using a yardage book that had not been approved for the competition by the PGA Tour Champions Rules Committee.

Source : Sky Sports