Steve Stricker defeats Robert Karlsson in a play-off at 2022 Sanford International on the eve of the Presidents Cup


Robert Karlsson opened on Thursday with a 62, the best round of the week at the Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Steve Stricker went 64-64 this weekend. By the end of Sunday, the two were 14 under and locked horns in a playoff at the Sanford International.

Karlsson was 10th under with Jeff Maggert after 36 holes and Sunday, after birdies at Nos. 16 and 17, had a chance to win in the regular season with another birdie, but ended up par in the last.

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Stricker, who won this event in 2018, shot his 17th round of par or better and his 12th round in a row at Sanford on Sunday.

He quickly made it to the playoff with a birdie on the first extra hole, the par-4 18th, for his 10th win and third this season, on the PGA Tour Champions.

Stricker can now set his sights on Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Presidents Cup, where he will be assistant captain starting Monday.

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Fred Couples, also a 2022 assistant captain, ended his week in Sioux Falls by going behind the door on a closing birdie to shoot a final round of 72.

Koppels joins Stricker, Zach Johnson and first-timer Webb Simpson as assistants to captain Davis Love III at the Presidents Cup. Couples equal at 38th.

Charles Schwab Cup points leader Steve Alker finished 58th after a final lap of 76.

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Colin Montgomerie withdrew from the Sanford before the start of the second round. John Daly withdrew during the second round.

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek


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