Steve Stricker beats Robert Karlsson in a playoff at the 2022 Sanford International on the eve of the Presidents Cup

Steve Stricker beats Robert Karlsson in a playoff at the 2022 Sanford International on the eve of the Presidents Cup

Robert Karlsson opened with a 62 on Thursday, the best round of the week at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Steve Stricker went 64-64 over the weekend. Late on Sunday, the two were tied at 14 under par and facing off in a playoff at the Sanford International.

Karlsson was tied for the lead at 10 under with Jeff Maggert after 36 holes and on Sunday, after birdies at Nos. 16 and 17, he had a chance to win in regulation time with one more birdie, but ended up with a pair at last.

Stricker, who won this event in 2018, shot his 17th consecutive round of par or better and his 12th consecutive round at Sanford on Sunday.

He made quick work of the playoffs with a birdie on the first extra hole, the par 4 18, for his 10th win, and third this season, on PGA Tour Champions.

Stricker can now set his sights on Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Presidents Cup, where he will be an assistant captain beginning Monday.

Fred Couples, also an assistant captain for 2022, closed out his week in Sioux Falls by going out the back door on a closing birdie to shoot a 72 in the final round.

Couples joins Stricker, Zach Johnson and newcomer Webb Simpson as assistants alongside captain Davis Love III in the Presidents Cup. Couples tied for 38th place.

Charles Schwab Cup points leader Steve Alker finished tied for 58th after a final round 76.

Colin Montgomerie withdrew from Sanford before the start of the second round. John Daly retired during the second round.

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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