Stricker shoots a 63, builds big lead in Hawaii

January 7, 2012 - 11:12 PM
Tournament of Champions Golf

Steve Stricker reacts after making a birdie putt on the ninth green during the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions PGA Tour golf tournament in Kapalua, Hawaii, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Steve Stricker took a big step toward booking another trip to Maui with a 10-under 63 to build a five-shot lead Saturday through two rounds at the Tournament of Champions.

Stricker played his final five holes in 5 under, including a 3-wood to 12 feet for eagle on the 15th hole that gave him some separation from Webb Simpson and the eagle-eagle finish by Kevin Na.

Stricker was at 15-under 131 and will be paired Sunday with Simpson, who shot 68.

Na was not even part of the picture until holing a 5-iron from 221 yards for eagle on the 17th, and then hitting 3-wood to 10 feet for eagle on the final hole.

This is Stricker's fourth straight trip to Kapalua, the longest streak of anyone in the field.