Better Late Than Never: Stricker Takes Barclays

Steve Stricker (left) may have went 6 1/2 years and 146 PGA Tour starts without a victory, but it was all the more sweet when he took the first ever PGA Tour playoff event Sunday. Stricker, whose Sunday turnaround was nothing less than magnificent, finished his final five holes with four birdies. Ultimately, Stricker found himself two strokes ahead of K.J. Choi (right). Stricker's last victory: the 2001 Match Play Championship in Australia. Since then, Stricker has fell and rose, highlighted by a Comeback Player of the Year title.

Stricker's win didn't come easy, considering 10 players (5 major champions) were seperated by only 3 strokes on Sunday. Rory Sabbatini was the leader at the turn, but faltered on the back nine to finish 3 strokes back.

Despite Tiger's formidable lead entering the playoffs, Woods fell to fourth in wake of Stricker's win. Also passing the world's best player by were K.J. Choi (2nd) and Rory Sabbatini (3rd). Phil Mickelson rounds out the top 5 with 99,613 FedEx Cup points, less then 400 shy of Woods.

Stricker entered the Barclays ranked 12th in FedEx Cup points.

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