- The Washington Times - Monday, July 13, 2009

From combined dispatches

SILVIS, Ill. | Steve Stricker followed one of his best performances with 36 solid holes to win the John Deere Classic by three strokes Sunday.

Stricker, who tied the course record Saturday, fired a 7-under 64 in the fourth round after starting the day with a third-round 68 to finish at 264 for the tournament. That was good enough to give him his second PGA Tour win this year and sixth in all, not to mention a heavy dose of momentum heading into the British Open to go with the $774,000 winner’s check.

Local favorite Zach Johnson (64, 66), Brandt Snedeker (68, 65) and Brett Quigley (62, 67) all tied for second at 17 under. Quigley also qualified for the British Open.

Stricker’s biggest challenge, though, came from Tim Petrovic, who was in his group and was two strokes off the lead heading into the 36th and final hole of the day. But he hit the pond on No. 18 and double-bogeyed the hole, leaving him at 16 under along with Matt Jones (63, 69) and J.J. Henry (66, 68). Second-round leader Darron Stiles (70, 71) finished at 14 under.

Tambellini sets record

CLARKSBURG, Ontario | Roger Tambellini shot a 2-under 69 to win the Nationwide Tour’s Wayne Gretzky Classic by four shots over Blake Adams.

Tambellini finished a tournament-record 20 under at 265, overcoming a double bogey on the sixth hole with six birdies in the final round on the Georgian Bay Club course.

Kaymer wins by two

LUSS, Scotland | Martin Kaymer won for the second week in a row, closing with a 2-under 69 in the rain and sunshine at Loch Lomond for a two-shot victory in the Scottish Open.

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