Steve Stricker hoists the trophy after winning the 2012 Tournament of Champions (Photo: Stan Badz/PGA Tour)

Steve Stricker recorded the third hole-in-one of his career Friday at the BMW Championship, but it didn’t do much to lift the spirits of the 12-time PGA Tour winner.

“It was about the only highlight of the day,” Stricker told reporters about the eagle-1 he posted with a 6-iron on the 198-yard par-3 at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

With a second-round 1-over 73, Stricker was not particularly enthusiastic about his play on a day when red numbers abounded on Pete Dye’s rain-sodden 7,516-yard track in Carmel, Ind. Heck, the guy who added five strokes to his opening-round 68 and will enter the weekend 10 shots off Vijay Sing’s 13-under lead, didn’t even get to see his ball dive into the hole (although you may, in this video).

“Really it was pretty cool, and all we could see was the reaction from the crowd up by the green,” said Stricker, who was pleased that his ace yielded a four-year, $100,000 college scholarship from tourney sponsor BMW to the Evans Scholar Foundation and the Western Golf Association, which sponsors the philanthropy. The scholarship, in Stricker’s name, will go to a high school senior who will attend the Wisconsin native’s alma mater, the University of Illinois.

“It’s a good cause for a deserving kid,” Stricker said.

Stricker, by the way, is on something of a hole-in-one roll. He nailed an unofficial one last week on the third hole at TPC Boston in the pro-am portion of last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. Stricker won the DBC in 2009.


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