Ames edges Stricker to win in Des Moines

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Stephen Ames birdied the 17th hole and closed with a 5-under 67 on Sunday for a one-shot victory over Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly in the Principal Charity Classic, giving Ames his third PGA Tour Champions title this year.

Ames, Stricker and Tim Herron shared the 36-hole lead. Herron fell back with a 72. Stricker, coming off his second straight major title this year at the Senior PGA Championship, played bogey-free for a 68. He just couldn’t keep up with Ames.

“It was a battle today, there’s no doubt about that,” Ames said. “Steve, obviously the way he’s played this year already tells you it was going to be a good battle, and the fact that I ended up on top is more fulfilling than anything else right now.”


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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