By PGATOUR.COM staff
Thomas Bjorn had bogeys to bookend an otherwise stellar second-round 68 that left him one clear of Kevin Streelman at the ISPS HANDA World Cup.
Bjorn had five birdies between his opening and closing bogeys and had a two-shot advantage before dropping a shot late.
"I played really solid today," Bjorn said. "I went out and three-putted the first and it shook me up a little bit but I got it back and just stuck to the gameplan."
After bogeying two of his last three on Thursday, Streelman opened Round 2 with four consecutive birdies to reach 9 under temporarily. He gave away three shots on Nos. 8-9 but got one back on the back nine to reach the clubhouse at 7 under. That was the day's best number until Bjorn signed his card.
Three more shots off the pace at 4 under are Australia's Jason Day and Portugal's Ricardo Santos. Stuart Manley, Hideto Tanihara, Martin Laird and Matt Kuchar finished the round another shot back at 3 under.
In the team competition, Streelman and Kuchar are at 10 under and three clear of Denmark's Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen. Just five teams are in red numbers after 36 holes and no others are better than 3 under.
By PGATOUR.COM staff
If a bogey-par-bogey finish to his opening round was supposed to slow Kevin Streelman in Round 2, he clearly didn't get the memo.
Streelman, who gave away a two-shot lead down the stretch Thursday, opened his second round with four consecutive birdies and went on to shoot a 69 that left him one behind 36-hole leader Thomas Bjorn at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf.
The American had another rough patch in his round, this time going bogey double-bogey on Nos. 8 and 9 but bounced back with a bogey-free 1-under 35 on the inward nine.
"It was a heck of a start," Streelman said. "I just put the ball where I needed to and made some great putts. Had two rough holes in the middle but was able to put it back together and (have) a good round."
With that start, Streelman at one point led overnight co-leader Bjorn by four shots but he'll go into the weekend needing to track down the Dane. Streelman is three clear of Jason Day and Ricardo Santos, who share third at 4 under.
While he's dropped to second on the individual leaderboard, Streelman and Matt Kuchar lead the team event at 10 under, three clear of the Danish duo of Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen. The next closest team is seven off the pace.
Kuchar is defending the World Cup title in the team competition. For Streelman, however, this is his first appearance in the event -- and first trip to Australia.
Because of this, Streelman began talking a young member at Royal Melbourne during Wednesday's practice round and allowed the young man to caddie for him during the Wednesday pro-am. The conversations have paid off as Streelman is in position to chase both titles this weekend.
By D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM
Many players enlist the help of local caddies when they're playing unfamiliar courses. They usually don't just pull them out of the gallery, however.
According to a report in Australia's Herald Sun, American Kevin Streelman began talking to Darcy Brereton, a 19-year-old member at Royal Melbourne, during Tuesday's practice round at the ISPS Handa World Cup. Brereton, a plus-1 handicap himself, was spectating with a friend and starting chatting with Streelman, who quickly began asking about the famous Alister MacKenzie course, which he's never played (in fact, this week is his first time in Australia).
After their conversation, Streelman asked Brereton to caddie for him during Wednesday's pro-am.
"We picked his brains where to leave shots and he knew every break on these greens," Streelman told the Herald Sun.
Brereton is proving to be quite a tour guide. After grabbing a share of the first-round lead (66), Streelman birdied the first four holes of Round 2 to open up a four-shot lead in the individual race. Teammate Matt Kuchar opened with an even-par 71.
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Kevin Streelman got as low as 7 under in the opening round of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf but bogeyed Nos. 16 and 18 to drop into a tie for the lead with Thomas Bjorn.
Bjorn took the clubhouse lead early when he birdied two of his last three holes for a 5-under 66. Despite threats from a number of competitors, no one was able to better the number and just one could match it.
Stuart Manley, K.J. Choi and Martin Laird are one shot off the pace while Jason Day is alone in sixth, two back.
Day's fellow countryman, Adam Scott, who won on this course a week ago, took a nine on the 12th hole and finished the round with a 75.
In the team competition, Streelman and Kuchar have the U.S. team tied for the lead at 5 under with the Danish duo of Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen. The team from Portugal is three back.
Just six tandems finished the day in red numbers as Royal Melbourne's quick greens made for pretty tough scoring conditions in Round 1. Checking in at 1 under are Canada, Scotland and South Korea.
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
This week’s ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf will be held at one of the world’s finest courses – the Alister Mackenzie-designed Royal Melbourne Golf Club – and use a format that will mirror the one that will be used in the 2016 Olympics. Using stroke play – a team’s score will be the combined score of its two participants – also allows players to compete for an individual prize and Official World Golf Ranking points.
A strong field has assembled at Royal Melbourne. Here’s a look at some of the groups to keep an eye on (Note: all times local):
Adam Scott (Australia)-Matt Kuchar (USA)-Matteo Manassero (Italy): Adam Scott, the local favorite, plays alongside a representative from each of the past two World Cup champions. Matt Kuchar teamed with Gary Woodland to win in 2011, while the Molinari brothers, Edoardo and Francesco, won the title in 2009. Manassero is representing Italy this week alongside Francesco Molinari. This group also features the top two finishers from last week’s Talisker Masters, also held at Royal Melbourne. Scott won that title by two shots over Kuchar; it was Scott’s second consecutive win after also winning the previous week’s Australian PGA Championship.
Jason Day (Australia)-Graeme McDowell (Ireland)-Jonas Blixt (Sweden): Australia’s other representative, Jason Day, will play alongside the McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, and Blixt, who has won twice on the PGA TOUR in the past 13 months.
Kevin Streelman (USA)-Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain)-Francesco Molinari (Italy): The past two World Cup champions are represented in this group. The United States won in 2011, while Italy won in 2009. All three members of this group are in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking, as well.
Ryo Ishikawa (Japan)-George Coetzee (South Africa)-Vijay Singh (Fiji): Ishikawa and Singh got off to strong starts in the fall portion of the 2013-14 schedule. Ishikawa is 17th in the FedExCup standings after making the cut in all three of his starts, including a runner-up at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Singh is 10th in the FedExCup after finishing runner-up at the Frys.com Open; he’s coming off a third-place finish at last week’s Talisker Masters at Royal Melbourne.
Victor Dubuisson (France)-K.J. Choi (Korea)-Hideto Tanihara (Japan): Dubuisson is one of the hottest players in the field, finishing in the top three in his past two starts on the European Tour; he won his first title at the Turkish Airlines Open and finished third at last week’s DP World Tour Championship-Dubai, the European Tour’s season finale. Tanihara won last week’s Taiheiyo Masters in Japan, finishing one shot ahead of teammate Ryo Ishikawa.
Kevin Streelman has missed four straight cuts since his T2 at THE PLAYERS Championship.
By Craig DeVrieze, Special to PGATOUR.COM
SILVIS, Ill. – A win at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank, a share of second at THE PLAYERS Championship and three more top-10 finishes during a torrid two-month stretch just about made Kevin Streelman’s year.
First win? Check. Top 50 world ranking? Check.
One problem: Streelman’s sixth campaign on the PGA TOUR wasn’t even half over.
After missing four cuts in succession, Streelman took a two-week respite in his new hometown of Phoenix to hit the reset button.
“I kind of struggled after THE PLAYERS,” said Streelman, who fired back with a 5-under round of 66 Thursday at TPC Deere Run. “I just needed a break. I had accomplished a lot of the goals I’d set for myself early, so I needed to sit down with my wife and kind of re-evaluate some things.”
Among the goals he re-established was taking a run at a Top 20 world ranking. To start that pursuit, he said, he put 20 under in his sights this week.
“I told my caddie at the beginning of the week, ‘You’re going to need 4 or 5 under a day to have a chance at the end,” he said. “One 5 down and hopefully three more to go.”
TPC Deere Run is a good place to start again for the native of Winfield, Ill., a Chicago suburb a couple of hours east of Silvis.
Streelman finished eighth in 2009 here and had a T8 last season.
His 66 matched Boo Weekley for the low round of the afternoon and left him two shots off the first-round pace.
“Didn’t make many mistakes out there, kept it in front of me and gave myself chances at birdies,” he said after a bogey-free round. “I knew with the scores out there in the morning I was going to have to get after it.”
A good week at the John Deere will give him momentum heading to his second Open Championship next week. Beyond that, he is looking toward a strong run into the FedExCup Playoffs.
“Big stretch of seven weeks,” he said. “You just need that next carrot to inspire you to keep after it. Make sure you don’t get complacent.”
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Kevin Streelman put a lof of focus on the Masters only to come away disappointed following rounds of 77 and 76 to miss the cut.
"But I'm seeing the results of the fruits of that labor," he said at Harbour Town, where he enters the final round of the RBC Heritage just three strokes off the lead.
Streelman is looking for his second win of the season after capturing the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank last month.
"I don't have much to lose," he said. "I'm going to see what the course can give us. You're going to pick some battles to attack. And hopefully I have an opportunity on the last nine (Sunday)."
Given winds of 20-plus mph, with possible gusts as high as 40 or 45, opportunities to attack will be scarce.
Still, Streelman is happy with his progress and hopeful it will pay off with the second win of his career -- one that has spanned 156 starts.
"I really have a vision of where I want my swing to be, and a real plan of what we're doing," he said. "All of a sudden little pitfalls that you go through aren't that big a deal.
"I had a ton of good putts that didn't go in (Saturday), that was frustrating. But hopefully that's a little vision of what's going to happen (Sunday)."
In the second round of the 2013 RBC Heritage, Kevin Streelman hits his 53-foot eagle try to 5 feet on the par-5 second hole before sinking the putt for birdie. He shot 1-under 70 to get to 6 under entering the weekend.