Steve Stricker is one lap away from claiming his fifth major PGA Tour Champions win

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What we see in Birmingham, Alabama is straight out of a redemption movie.

Just weeks after leading the USA Ryder Cup team to victory at Whistling Straits, Steve Stricker fell ill, an illness that remains a mystery to this day.

Now, after three rounds at Greystone Golf & Country Club, Stricker leads the regions tradition by three strokes and is just 18 holes away from winning his fifth major championship on the senior tour.

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After back-to-back birdies on numbers 3 and 4, the 55-year-old added another circle to the board on number 8 to turn with a 3-under 33. A misstep on 10 pushed him back to 2 under for the day, but it bounces back with birdies on the 13th, 14th, 15th and 18th.

Stricker sits atop the Under-17 standings.

Steve Stricker lines up a putt on the eighth green during the third round of Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf and Country Club on May 14, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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Steve Alker, who has compiled two wins and a second-place finish in his last three starts, is Stricker’s closest contender sitting at 14 under for the tournament after a Saturday afternoon 7-under 65.

Alker opened with birdies on numbers 1 and 2, then added another on number 8 for a front-side 33. Four more birdies from the back to complete the bogey-free effort.

Miguel Angel Jiménez is 12 under for the tournament, five shots off the lead. Stuart Appleby and Padraig Harrington are at 11 cents while Ernie Els and Glen Day are at 10 cents.

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