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September 23 2010

8:21 PM

Streelman: ‘I’ve earned my spot here’

Kevin Streelman obviously didn’t get off to the kind of start he wanted with three bogeys in his first five holes. But he bounced back, much the way he did all year to get to THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, to make four birdies and just one bogey over his final 12 holes for a round of even-par 70.

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Prior to the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, Streelman had three top-10s but zero over the last months. Then he tied for third at The Barclays, which all but guaranteed him a spot in the field at East Lake -- despite finishing in a tie for 45th and a tie for 43rd each of the last two weeks. Not that Streelman is apologetic about it, nor should he be.

“I think the system right now is such that good play is rewarded in the Playoffs,” said Streelman, who is a member of the Players Advisory Council that will meet later this year to discuss, among other things, the Playoffs system. “It really mirrors the other major sports leagues in that regard.

“Two years ago we did not have it volatile enough. Now it seems a lot of guys have a chance. … You gotta play good in the Playoffs to move on, just like you do in the NFL.”

Asked if he felt he was playing with house money, Streelman said no.

“I’ve worked my butt off to get here,” he said. “I feel like I’ve earned my spot here.” -- Brian Wacker

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