Stricker overtakes Perez at Bob Hope

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2009 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic | Round Four | 25 Jan 2009

Yet another brilliant round by Steve Stricker has seen the 41-year-old overtake long time leader, Pat Perez, to lead by three shots heading into the final day of the Bob Hope Classic in Palm Desert California.

Playing at the Nicklaus Private course on day four, Stricker birdied six of his last seven holes to move past Perez who had led since his opening round of 61 and establish not only a three shot lead over Perez, but seven shots over third placed Robert Garrigus, Vaughn Taylor and Bubba Watson.

Stricker, who last played the Bob Hope Classic in 2004 and who has not enjoyed a lot of success previously in the event, has played his last two rounds in an amazing total of 123 and appears on the verge of his 5th USPGA Tour title.

Mathew Goggin is the best placed Australian in 12th position at 23 under par, a massive ten shots behind the leader, John Senden has made up a lot of ground with consecutive rounds of 65 and 64 to be in 18th position and Peter Lonard is 39th at 19 under.

Steve Elkington, James Nitties, Greg Chalmers, Jarrod Lyle, Nathan Green and New Zealander Tim Wilkinson all missed the 72 hole cut.

For James Nitties however this was a day to remember. In just his second start on the PGA Tour he produced a round of 62 to get within one of making the cut, a performance that will give him a significant boost of confidence as he heads to the next week’s FRB Open in Phoenix.

The tournament returns to the Palmer private course for tomorrow’s final round.


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1   ↑2 -33 Pat Perez United States 61 63 67 67 69 327
2   ↑6 -30 John Merrick United States 68 65 67 63 67 330
T3   ↑T12 -28 Mike Weir Canada 62 70 67 66 67 332
T3   ↓1 -28 Steve Stricker United States 65 67 61 62 77 332
T5   ↑T18 -27 Bo Van Pelt United States 66 65 68 67 67 333
T5   ↑T45 -27 Stephen Ames Canada 71 63 70 66 63 333
T5   ↑T7 -27 Tim Clark South Africa 66 69 63 66 69 333
T5   ↑T7 -27 Webb Simpson United States 68 66 64 66 69 333
T9   ↑T39 -26 Brad Adamonis United States 67 62 71 69 65 334
T9   ↑T45 -26 Chad Campbell United States 66 71 68 65 64 334
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