Steve Stricker sets U.S. Senior Open scoring record in rout

June 30, 2019
Steve Stricker hits a shot during the final round of the 2019 U.S. Senior Open.

Steve Stricker didn’t go low on Sunday, but he didn’t even have to to set the U.S. Senior Open scoring record.

Stricker built a commanding six-shot lead through three rounds of the U.S. Senior Open at Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind., and on Sunday he shot a tidy one-under 69 to finish a record 19-under overall and win by six.

Jerry Kelly and David Toms tied for second at 13 under. Stricker’s 261 topped Kenny Perry’s 264 from Salem Country Club in 2017.

It’s the first time the 52-year-old Stricker has entered the event, and it comes just a month after he won the PGA Tour Champions’ Regions Tradition by six. He also has four other top 10s in his previous seven PGA Tour Champions starts this season (and made four cuts in seven PGA Tour starts).

Stricker tied the U.S. Senior Open record with an opening-day 62 and added 64 on Friday and 66 on Saturday to set the 54-hole tournament record.

On Sunday he birdied the first hole, followed a bogey on 10 with a birdie on 12 and made pars into the clubhouse.