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August 29 2010

7:06 PM

Streelman closing gap on Laird

Kevin Streelman just won’t go away. Ridgewood’s favorite son has just made a 17-footer for  birdie at the ninth hole to move to 10 under, which is one stroke behind Martin Laird.

Streelman was in Laird’s spot here two years ago, taking a one-stroke advantage into the final round. He ended up in a tie for fourth which lifted him from 102nd to 37th in the FedExCup standings. He ended up making it through the first three Playoffs events.

Streelman, whose parents grew up in nearby Glen Ridge and whose grandparents are  buried adjacent to the seventh green, started this week in 102nd position, as well. The projected standings have him moving to 25th right now.

The Duke grad is really focused on getting to the BMW Championship this year. He actually was born in a Chicago suburb and took some of his first golf lessons from Dr. Jim Suttie at Cog Hill, which hosts the third Playoffs events. Two years ago, the BMW Championship was played in St. Louis at Bellerive Country Club.

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