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Stricker Lets Tournament Slip Away

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The John Deere Classic jilted Steve Stricker on Sunday (a Deere John at the John Deere?), ending their three-year romance on a bitter back nine on Sunday afternoon.

Its new love interest is Zach Johnson, Iowa's favorite son, who won this tournament in the Quad Cities area that straddles the Iowa-Illinois border. It was his second victory of the year, the ninth of his career, and likely was more popular in those parts than any of Stricker's three consecutive wins at the TPC Deere Run.

For Stricker, it was a loss, of course, but it was more than that: It also was a lost opportunity at a stage of his career when opportunities are likely to have begun their imminent decline.

This is more so relevant on the eve of another major championship, the British Open, which will be Stricker's 56th start in a major. He is 0 for 55.

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