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Stricker begins Champions year with win

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KA'UPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Steve Stricker competed for the first time in three months and nothing changed. He began the PGA Tour Champions year by closing with a 7-under 65 for a six-shot victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

Stricker seized control with a 60 in the second round for a two-shot lead, and with three birdies in four holes at the start, no one got closer the rest of the way.

"To win here, I don't know what kind of game I had coming into this week," Stricker said, breaking into a smile before adding, "but it was pretty good."

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Money Leaders: Champions
Rank Player Earnings
1 Steve Stricker $340,000
2 Steven Alker $137,000
3 Darren Clarke $137,000
4 Ken Tanigawa $137,000
5 Mike Weir $137,000
6 Alex Cejka $77,000
7 Ernie Els $77,000
8 Kevin Sutherland $77,000
9 Miguel Angel Jimenez $61,000
10 Bernhard Langer $52,500
11 Justin Leonard $52,500
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