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By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Raw emotion

Nice guys do finish first occasionally, or even often, if you’re counting Steve Stricker who captured his third title in as many years at the John Deere Classic.

Thanks to Twitter, I was able to follow the action live. This morning once I got the internet up and running again in ancient Sandwich (random aside: I’m obsessed with the house I’m staying in for most of the week), I’ve been watching the replay of Stricker’s incredible approach from the bunker — the “shot of the year,” according to David Feherty — followed by the 25-footer he drained from off the green.

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Hell yeah!

Robert Garrigus rolled in a clutch 20-footer to save par on the 72nd hole. It was awesome. His celebration and the reception from the crowd were even more awesome. (I had a case of being at the right place, right time on Sunday — while McIlroy and Yang waited on the 18th tee, I rushed down to 18 green for prime-time seating.)

While many players are lengthening their putters these days, Garrigus hunches over a 28 1/2-inch, toy-like putter, which is even too short for me. Who cares how silly you look as long as you’re making noise, though?

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