Steve Stricker did his best to try to create drama in the final round of the Northern Trust Open, but with a putting stroke like his, there were only so many shots he could give back.
The Wisconsinite had a five-shot lead when play was suspended on Saturday, upped it to six by the conclusion of his third round on Sunday morning, and survived an early bogey and some loose driving to finish at sixteen under, two ahead of Luke Donald and three up on J.B. Holmes and Dustin Johnson.
Not all PGA Tour events are created equal. A handful are played on classic courses that demand shotmaking and creativity, and have a place in the game's history: Riviera, Colonial, Pebble Beach, Aronimink. A win on one of these means a lot more than on your average TPC.
Stricker managed his game, made putts, took the lead and held it under wet conditions that might have favored long hitters rather than pure players. He's never won a major, but it would be a big mistake to think he can't take the Masters this year.