We now know who is the best American golfer today.
Nope, it’s not Tiger Woods and it isn’t Phil Mickelson either.
On Sunday Steve Stricker passed Mickelson to move into number four in the World Golf Rankings.
In winning the Memorial Tournament, a course in Columbus, founded by Jack Nicklaus, Stricker shot a -16 to defeat Matt Kuchar and Brandt Jobe by a stroke.
But what everyone will remember from the 2011 Memorial tournament will be Stricker’s remarkable shot making. He recorded an ace on the eighth on Friday and then followed that with two eagles on Saturday.
Stricker, at 43 years of age, might have won the most significant singles golf tournament of his career on Sunday. I would give the Memorial Tournament equal status to the Western Open which he won in 1996 with the Northern Trust Open which he won in 2010.
I would say Stricker’s most significant win was his victory at the World Match Play Championship over Sweden’s Pierre Fulke in 2001.
With the U.S. Open only two weeks away at Congressional, you have to add Stricker’s name with Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy as those that have the best shot to be victorious.