Streelman birdies last 7 to win at Travelers|
Cromwell, CT (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Streelman birdied the final seven
holes on Sunday to rally and win the Travelers Championship.
Streelman closed with his second straight 6-under 64 to end at 15-under-par
265. He became the first player in PGA Tour history to birdie the final seven
holes to win an event.
"It's probably my favorite nine holes on the PGA Tour. But you can't plan for
something like that to happen. It just kind of falls into place," Streelman
said. "I had 10 one-putts in a row. That's something I've definitely never
Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi both closed with 67s to end one back at minus-14
at the TPC River Highlands. Aaron Baddeley shot 1-under 69 on Sunday to take
fourth at 13-under 267.
Third-round leader Ryan Moore struggled to a 1-over 71 and dropped into a
share of fifth at 12-under 268. He was joined there by Brendan Steele, who
closed with a 66.
Streelman, who earned his first tour win last year in Tampa Bay, stumbled to a
bogey on the second and another on the seventh to fall to minus-7. He got one
stroke back with a 10-foot birdie putt on the ninth.
After pars on 10 and 11, Streelman caught fire. He birdied the 12th from eight
feet out and followed with a 5-foot birdie effort on the par-5 13th.
Streelman poured in a 21-foot birdie try at 14 and made it four in a row as
his 12-foot birdie effort at 15 found the bottom of the cup. His tee ball at
the par-3 16th stopped 37 feet from the hole, but he ran that putt in for
birdie to get within one of the lead.
At the 17th, Streelman stuffed his approach to three feet and he kicked that
in for a share of the lead at minus-14. At the last, he dropped his second
shot inside 10 feet and converted that putt for a closing birdie.
When nobody in the last three groups could catch him, the title was
"I didn't have too many expectations coming here," admitted Streelman, who had
missed his last four cuts. "I knew when that putt fell on 16 that something
kind of special was happening."
Garcia and Choi were in the penultimate group. Garcia opened with birdies on
one and three. He later birdied the seventh, but tripped to a bogey on No. 9
and made the turn at minus-13.
The Spaniard traded a bogey for a birdie from the 10th. After five pars in a
row, Garcia rolled in an 11-foot birdie chance on No. 17 to get to 14-under.
At the last, Garcia left himself 29 feet for birdie and he was unable to
convert that to force a playoff.
"At the end of the day, he played really, really well. I feel like I played
quite nicely and it just wasn't my time," Garcia said.
Choi faltered to a bogey on the third. He converted back-to-back birdie
chances at six and seven, and again at 12 and 13. That gave Choi the lead at
minus-14, but he closed there with five consecutive pars to end his round.
NOTES: Streelman collected $1.116 million for the victory ... Mike Souchak
birdied six in a row to win the 1956 St. Paul Open, and that had been the best
birdie streak to win a tournament ... Moore was the sixth straight 54-hole
leader that failed to hold on to win this title ... The PGA Tour heads to
Maryland next week for the Quicken Loans National, where Bill Haas won last
year. Tiger Woods will return to action for the first time since he had back
surgery three months ago.
06/22 20:30:18 ET