Mario Tiziani, Steve Stricker

Madison golfer Steve Stricker, right, and caddie/brother-in-law Mario Tiziani size up an approach shot on the back nine Saturday at the Regions Tradition.

2019 Regions Tradition Championship: Final-round pairings

Tee # Time Players
1 7:00 AM Mike Goodes
Duffy Waldorf
Jeff Sluman
10 7:00 AM Woody Austin
Miguel Angel Jiménez
Corey Pavin
1 7:10 AM Darren Clarke
Kirk Triplett
Marco Dawson
10 7:10 AM José María Olazábal
Olin Browne
Ken Tanigawa
1 7:20 AM Dan Forsman
Kent Jones
Kenny Perry
10 7:20 AM Tim Petrovic
Gene Sauers
Scott Hoch
1 7:30 AM Jeff Maggert
Kevin Sutherland
David Frost
10 7:30 AM Spike McRoy
Billy Mayfair
Fred Funk
1 7:40 AM Rocco Mediate
Steve Flesch
Tom Lehman
10 7:40 AM Doug Garwood
Carlos Franco
David McKenzie
1 7:50 AM Shaun Micheel
Esteban Toledo
Ian Woosnam
10 7:50 AM Bart Bryant
Russ Cochran
Scott McCarron
1 8:00 AM Joe Durant
Tommy Armour III
Retief Goosen
10 8:00 AM Wes Short, Jr.
Jerry Pate
Tommy Tolles
1 8:10 AM Joey Sindelar
Lee Janzen
Gary Hallberg
10 8:10 AM Vijay Singh
John Huston
Tom Pernice Jr.
1 8:20 AM Willie Wood
Michael Bradley
Steve Jones
10 8:20 AM Mark McNulty
Fran Quinn
Paul Lawrie
1 8:30 AM Brandt Jobe
Glen Day
Jerry Kelly
10 8:30 AM Mark Calcavecchia
Steve Pate
Len Mattiace
1 8:40 AM Paul Broadhurst
Scott Parel
Stephen Ames
10 8:40 AM Chris DiMarco
Bob Gilder
Jerry Smith
1 8:50 AM Billy Andrade
Tom Byrum
Paul Goydos
10 8:50 AM Tom Gillis
Tom Kite
1 9:00 AM Steve Stricker
Bernhard Langer
David Toms

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama¬†‚ÄĒ If Friday¬†was all about staying in attack mode for Steve Stricker, Saturday was all about patience¬†and perseverance for the Madison golfer, who is in search of his first career major championship.

Stricker went the first 12 holes of the third round of the Regions Tradition without a birdie before making three over his final five holes¬†‚ÄĒ all on par-5s¬†‚ÄĒ to salvage a 2-under-par 70. At 14-under 202 through 54 holes of the first of five majors on the PGA Tour Champions calendar, Stricker ended the day with the same two-shot lead with which he began the second round.

Bernhard Langer, who has won 10 majors on the senior circuit, shot 68 and leads the closest pursers at 12-under 204, tied with David Toms (70) and Billy Andrade (69). There are eight golfers in all within five shots of Stricker while Madison's Jerry Kelly was six back at 210 after bettering his previous day's effort by one stroke for the second day in a row with a 3-under 69.

"It's tough to win at any level and it's no different out here," Stricker told Golf Channel after putting himself in position for his third career victory in two-plus years on PGA Tour Champions. "Hopefully, I can learn a little bit from what I did (Saturday) and play a little bit better (Sunday)."

One day after making eight one-putt birdies among 24 putts overall in an 8-under 64 at Greystone Golf & Country Club, Stricker had five one-putt pars among 28 putts in the third round. He made two scrambling pars at Nos. 16 and 17 before playing a chip shot from just short of the 18th green off a back-stop behind the pin and made a 15-footer for his final birdie.

"I hit some good putts in there," Stricker told Golf Channel after his round, referring to the handful of makable birdie putts that didn't find the hole. "I over-read some, misread some, hit some poor putts. It was a mixed bag of everything. But I was, I was very patient. I knew there was a long ways to go and I just stayed patient and I was able to get three (birdies) coming in."

Stricker, who still held a share of the lead despite a 1-over 37 on the front nine, briefly fell two strokes behind after Langer birdied the par-3 14th hole. But Stricker made his first birdie at No. 13 to stay within one shot of Langer and Toms, who also birdied No. 13 playing with Stricker to get to 13-under.

While the others struggled down the stretch, Stricker picked up a birdie at No. 15 to catch Toms and then moved one shot ahead of his playing partner when Toms bogeyed No. 16. Stricker two-putted from the front fringe for par on No. 16 and then got up-and-down after pulling his tee shot on the par-3 17th hole left of the green before showing deft touch again to birdie No. 18.

"I didn't put myself in a very good spot there," said Stricker, who hit a low liner with his 3-wood on his second shot into the par-5 finishing hole and left himself with a slightly downhill lie behind a greenside bunker. "I was just trying to get it on the back of the green there, let it roll back down and have a 10- or 15-footer (for birdie). It's a tough little pin in that corner, but I was able to see Billy (Andrade's) putt before mine so it gave me a bit of a read.

"I didn't want to fly it against the grandstand, because I've seen some guys come all the way back off into the hazard ... or into the bunker."

Stricker, whose best finish in a major championship on the PGA Tour came at the 1998 PGA Championship near Seattle, hopes the poise he showed over the back nine Saturday will carry over into Sunday's final round.

It is the seventh time Stricker will play in the final group on PGA Tour Champions. Last year at the Regions Tradition, Stricker played in the final group, finishing runner-up to Miguel Angel Jimenez.

The Regions Tradition is the only senior-tour major Stricker has played during his three seasons on PGA Tour Champions. He has a scoring average of 68.36 in 11 rounds at the event.

"I never was able to win (a major) on the regular tour so to get one out here would be very special," Stricker said.

PGA Tour Champions: Madison's Steve Stricker & Jerry Kelly, Rhinelander's Dan Forsman at Regions Tradition Championship | Third-round results (Birmingham, Ala.)

Pos. Player Total Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
Wisconsin leaderboard
1 Steve Stricker -14 F -2 68 64 70 -- 202
T12 Jerry Kelly -6 F -3 71 70 69 -- 210
T23 Dan Forsman -3 F E 71 70 72 -- 213
Full leaderboard
1 Steve Stricker -14 F -2 68 64 70 -- 202
T2 Bernhard Langer -12 F -4 69 67 68 -- 204
T2 David Toms -12 F -2 67 67 70 -- 204
T2 Billy Andrade -12 F -3 68 67 69 -- 204
T5 Tom Byrum -10 F -6 71 69 66 -- 206
T5 Paul Goydos -10 F -3 70 67 69 -- 206
T7 Paul Broadhurst -9 F -4 73 66 68 -- 207
T7 Scott Parel -9 F -2 71 66 70 -- 207
T9 Stephen Ames -7 F -5 71 71 67 -- 209
T9 Brandt Jobe -7 F -3 71 69 69 -- 209
T9 Glen Day -7 F 1 64 72 73 -- 209
T12 Jerry Kelly -6 F -3 71 70 69 -- 210
T12 Willie Wood -6 F -2 69 71 70 -- 210
T12 Michael Bradley -6 F -1 71 68 71 -- 210
T15 Steve Jones -5 F -2 68 73 70 -- 211
T15 Joey Sindelar -5 F -1 74 66 71 -- 211
T15 Lee Janzen -5 F -1 74 66 71 -- 211
T15 Gary Hallberg -5 F 1 73 65 73 -- 211
T19 Joe Durant -4 F -3 74 69 69 -- 212
T19 Tommy Armour III -4 F -1 76 65 71 -- 212
T19 Retief Goosen -4 F -1 74 67 71 -- 212
T19 Shaun Micheel -4 F -1 73 68 71 -- 212
T23 Esteban Toledo -3 F* -3 72 72 69 -- 213
T23 Ian Woosnam -3 F -2 72 71 70 -- 213
T23 Rocco Mediate -3 F -1 74 68 71 -- 213
T23 Steve Flesch -3 F* -4 75 70 68 -- 213
T23 Tom Lehman -3 F -1 73 69 71 -- 213
T23 Jeff Maggert -3 F -1 69 73 71 -- 213
T23 Kevin Sutherland -3 F* -4 73 72 68 -- 213
T23 David Frost -3 F E 73 68 72 -- 213
T23 Dan Forsman -3 F E 71 70 72 -- 213
T23 Kent Jones -3 F 1 72 68 73 -- 213
T23 Kenny Perry -3 F 1 72 68 73 -- 213
T34 Darren Clarke -2 F -1 72 71 71 -- 214
T34 Kirk Triplett -2 F 2 73 67 74 -- 214
T34 Marco Dawson -2 F 2 71 69 74 -- 214
T37 Mike Goodes -1 F 1 70 72 73 -- 215
T37 Duffy Waldorf -1 F* -1 72 72 71 -- 215
T37 Jeff Sluman -1 F* -3 73 73 69 -- 215
T37 Woody Austin -1 F* -5 74 74 67 -- 215
T37 Miguel Angel Jiménez -1 F 5 68 70 77 -- 215
T42 Corey Pavin E F 1 73 70 73 -- 216
T42 José María Olazábal E F 1 71 72 73 -- 216
T42 Olin Browne E F* E 71 73 72 -- 216
T42 Ken Tanigawa E F* E 75 69 72 -- 216
T42 Tim Petrovic E F* -1 75 70 71 -- 216
T42 Gene Sauers E F* -2 72 74 70 -- 216
T48 Scott Hoch 1 F* 1 73 71 73 -- 217
T48 Spike McRoy 1 F* -1 73 73 71 -- 217
T48 Billy Mayfair 1 F 5 72 68 77 -- 217
T51 Fred Funk 2 F 3 72 71 75 -- 218
T51 Doug Garwood 2 F* 2 74 70 74 -- 218
T51 Carlos Franco 2 F* E 76 70 72 -- 218
T51 David McKenzie 2 F* E 79 67 72 -- 218
T51 Bart Bryant 2 F* -1 74 73 71 -- 218
T51 Russ Cochran 2 F* -2 75 73 70 -- 218
T57 Scott McCarron 3 F* E 73 74 72 -- 219
T57 Wes Short, Jr. 3 F* E 75 72 72 -- 219
T59 Jerry Pate 4 F* 4 70 74 76 -- 220
T59 Tommy Tolles 4 F* 1 72 75 73 -- 220
T59 Vijay Singh 4 F* 1 72 75 73 -- 220
T62 John Huston 5 F* 1 75 73 73 -- 221
T62 Tom Pernice Jr. 5 F* 1 79 69 73 -- 221
T62 Mark McNulty 5 F* 1 78 70 73 -- 221
T62 Fran Quinn 5 F* 1 75 73 73 -- 221
T62 Paul Lawrie 5 F* E 76 73 72 -- 221
67 Mark Calcavecchia 6 F* 2 77 71 74 -- 222
T68 Steve Pate 7 F* 1 78 72 73 -- 223
T68 Len Mattiace 7 F* 1 76 74 73 -- 223
70 Chris DiMarco 8 F* 4 75 73 76 -- 224
71 Bob Gilder 11 F* 3 78 74 75 -- 227
72 Jerry Smith 12 F* 5 80 71 77 -- 228
73 Tom Gillis 15 F* -2 81 80 70 -- 231
74 Tom Kite 19 F* 7 77 79 79 -- 235
WD Dudley Hart -- -- -- 76 -- -- -- 76
WD Colin Montgomerie -- -- -- 74 75 -- -- 149
WD Larry Nelson -- -- -- 73 36 -- -- 109
DQ Jesper Parnevik -- -- -- 70 72 -- -- 142