Monday Finish: What a finish it was for Streelman
Perspective on his record seven closing birdies, your headlines and more
June 23, 2014
By D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM
- Kevin Streelman raises his daughter Sophia in celebration on Sunday night in Cromwell, Conn. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Kevin Streelman birdied his final seven holes on Sunday to win the Travelers Championship by a shot. It’s his second PGA TOUR victory in two years and it comes on the heels of four missed cuts.
Here are the best headlines our Twitter followers came up with:
FIVE STATS TO REMEMBER FROM THIS WEEK
1) Let’s try to put Streelman’s seven closing birdies into perspective. For starters, it’s never been done before on the PGA TOUR. Streelman broke Mike Souchak’s 58-year-old record for most consecutive birdies to win. Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Russell Henley have all birdied the last five to win, but no one has ever birdied seven.
In case you were curious, the record for most consecutive birdies on TOUR is nine (Mark Calcaveccia, 2009 RBC Canadian Open).
Discussion question for today: What percentage of average golfers actually make seven birdies in a calendar year?
2) Thankfully it will be Streelman’s final seven holes that will be remembered rather than his first seven holes, which he played in 2 over on Thursday. Streelman was T39 after 36 holes, but his 64-64 finish was four shots better than anyone in the field at the Travelers Championship.
3) Kevin Streelman’s back-nine 28 matched Charley Hoffman and Vijay Singh for the back nine record at TPC River Highlands. What’s more is that Streelman one-putted all nine greens on the back side.
4) Ryan Moore is still without a win at the Travelers Championship, but it’s not for lack of opportunities. Playing in the final group on Sunday, Moore fired a final-round 71 and finished T5. Even without a victory at TPC River Highlands, Moore ranks fifth on the tournament’s all-time money list (one ahead of Streelman, actually). In nine starts at the Travelers Championship, Moore has now finished in the top 5 four times, including two runners-up.
5) Add Brandt Snedeker to your list of “trending” players on TOUR. After a T4 finish at the U.S. Open (with a bad back), Snedeker fired a final-round 64 at the Travelers to post a T11 finish. That’s his lowest final round since the 64 that won him last year’s RBC Canadian Open. It looks like it’s just a matter of time before we see the Snedeker we’ve seen the past few years.
THE WEEK’S THREE BEST VIDEOS
1.) We’ve all heard reference to players who are “afraid to go low.” Kevin Streelman is not afraid to go low.
Coming off six straight birdies, this is the shot he hit into the 18th green. (He even capped it off with an ultra-suave wink to his caddie.)
Kevin Streelman finishes with seven straight birdies at Travelers
2) There has only been one ace on a par 4 in PGA TOUR history (Andrew Magee in 2001). On Friday, Troy Merritt came as close as anyone to making the second.
Troy Merritt nearly aces the par-4 15th hole at Travelers
3) It sounds like a cliché to say that PGA TOUR players can make birdie from anywhere, but it’s true. Chesson Hadley gave us the proof on Friday.
Chesson Hadley's incredible save from the bushes at Travelers
ODDS AND ENDS
Kevin Streelman talked after his win about the perspective that his daughter Sophia has brought to his golf game. Just a hunch, but I’m guessing he’s talking about moments like this one from Saturday.
Reading to Sophie About Sophie As she chews on Sophie pic.twitter.com/IvKgpUr2Ux— Kevin Streelman (@Streels54) June 22, 2014
If you’re still exhausted by the ups and downs of Sunday night’s USA-Portugal World Cup game, you’re not alone. There are some PGA TOUR players that went through the full range of emotions with you.
Let’s start with the highs of U.S. goals by Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey…
Jermaine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!— Kyle Stanley (@kylestanleygolf) June 22, 2014
The low draw works well in soccer, too.— John Peterson (@JohnPetersonLSU) June 22, 2014
GGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!— Zach Johnson (@ZachJohnsonPGA) June 22, 2014
SCORE!!!! USA🇺🇸⚽️⚽️— J.B. Holmes (@JBHolmesgolf) June 22, 2014
YES!!!!! DEMPSEY!!!!! #IBelieveThatWeWillWin— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) June 22, 2014
And, sadly, let’s finish with Silvestre Varela’s last-second goal that made it a 2-2 draw.
Wow. What just happened?— Hunter Mahan (@HunterMahan) June 22, 2014
Tie?! That sucks... Only 20 seconds until we got a win... Oh well #goUSAsoccer— J.B. Holmes (@JBHolmesgolf) June 22, 2014
What a ball by Ronaldo.— Hunter Mahan (@HunterMahan) June 22, 2014
Maybe if I would have actually done the cheer we would have won...— Billy Hurley III (@BillyHurley3) June 22, 2014
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10-and-a-half years since a 14-year-old Michelle Wie was a shot away from making the cut at the PGA TOUR’s Sony Open in Hawaii.
Few players have taken as intense a ride through golf’s hype machine as Wie, which was why it was so cool to see the 24-year-old win her first major championship Sunday at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Wie was on-hand last Sunday for Martin Kaymer’s runaway victory and clearly took detailed notes and even a few tips from her South Florida PGA TOUR friends.
An albatross is so rare on the PGA TOUR that the scorekeeper at TPC River Highlands wanted to make sure everyone took notice when Trevor Immelman made one Thursday on No. 13.
ONE REASON TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THIS WEEK…